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    :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    The news broke shortly before I got off work. I feel for all the trainers and staff who were close to him. Everything described on Facebook indicates he was a very vibrant, very energetic performer. He had been feeling ill for a couple days, and the Shamu Show was canceled today due to his passing. For any of the locals who frequent SeaWorld SD I'm sorry.

    Killer whale dies at SeaWorld in San Diego; orca shows canceled | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times
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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    Awww....sad.


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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    It is very sad. He was only 12. Orcas live to about 30 years in the wild.

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    how sad..

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    I know several members here on the board who have AP's to Seaworld. I've only been a handful of times and to my knowledge never "met" the orca in question. For those friends I am sorry. I showed this to a coworker who used to work for SeaWorld as part of their entertainment staff. He actually worked there when Sumar came to the park. He said this orca stood out specifically because he loved to interact with anyone near the tank. After I broke the news my coworker made several calls expressing his condolences. I worked for Disney, I am well aware of how friends become family at theme parks. There are countless individuals who were entertained and inspired by this orca and never realized who he was. To a myriad of children he was "Shamu"

    Seaworld is not currently planning any type of memorial service. Considering the press the company has had recently I doubt they want to publicize anything. This headline barely made a ripple in the news today. Some members of the public were planning their own memorial, and from what I was told the trainers and staff may do their own thing as well. Again at this time there is nothing official from SeaWorld. My heart really goes out to the staff.
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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    May he rest in peace. He acted as an invaluable ambassador for his species.

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    He was on cup cake wars. They had a competition for his birthday.

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    It is very sad. He was only 12. Orcas live to about 30 years in the wild.
    Average lifespan of a WILD orca: 30-35 years
    Average lifespan of a CAPTIVE orca: 7 years

    (Source: U.S.D.A.)

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    thats sad.

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Dewd View Post
    Average lifespan of a WILD orca: 30-35 years
    Average lifespan of a CAPTIVE orca: 7 years

    (Source: U.S.D.A.)
    That's not true. If that was true then most of the whales at Sea World would be dead, since only one is under the age of 7 with the oldest being over 40!

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    Re: :( Sumar the Orca passes away (Sea World San Diego)

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRoyalty View Post
    That's not true. If that was true then most of the whales at Sea World would be dead, since only one is under the age of 7 with the oldest being over 40!
    It's a fact.

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