Quietly over the weekend Six Flags Discovery Kingdom moved their killer whale Shouka from the Vallejo, CA park to a new home at SeaWorld San Diego.
On Monday morning, a large blue container on a flatbed tractor trailer carried the new resident to SeaWorld San Diego from the airport to its new home. The whale arrived in a foam padded conainer held in a sling so she would not move around during flight. The container filled with thousands of gallons of water weighed 38,000 pounds.
Shouka is a 19-year-old female orca. Six Flags was hopeful over the years to find a killer whale companion for Shouka but was unsuccessful. At Discovery Kingdom Shouka had the companionship of a bottled nose dolphin until recently when the dolphin was placed in another tank. Veterinarians hope Shouka will find a companion among the whales at SeaWorld San Diego.
SeaWorld representatives said they plan to have Shouka perform at the park in San Diego but would not mention when that would start.
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