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Orcas of the Aquarium of the Cascades by Certified-0rca Orcas of the Aquarium of the Cascades by Certified-0rca
Astrid is a 6 year old Russian Orca. She’s 15 feet long and weighs in at about 3,200 lbs. She is the newest member at the aquarium.

Astrid has a conspicuous, solid saddle marking, a short and curved dorsal fin, and a very round facial structure.

Astrid maintains a very low dominance level among the Orcas, and she’s often bullied by Eclipse and Calypso. She gets along best with Tempest (when mother Eclipse allows) and Hunter.

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Eclipse is a 24 year old Icelandic Orca. She’s 19 feet long and weighs in at about 6,200 lbs.

Eclipse got her name from a little marking on her forehead, which resembles a lunar eclipse. She’s identified by this marking, her dorsal fin, which leans partially to her left, and by her “broken” saddle patch. She also has all of her teeth, highly uncommon for most captive Orcas.

She is the matriarch at the aquarium, and is known to regularly harass Hunter and Astrid. She gets along best with her daughter Tempest and Calypso.

Eclipse has been involved in several accidents with her trainers, and one incident where she deliberately dragged a trainer underwater. No incidents have been fatal.

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Tempest is a 1 year old 100% captive bred, Icelandic Orca, mothered by Eclipse and sired by Hunter. She’s about 8 feet long and weighs in at about 650 lbs.

Tempest was born during a violent lightning storm in the middle of the night, and during the ordeal, Eclipse endured a long period of intense labor which lasted about 2 hours.

Tempest is easily recognizable by her small size, and her small freckle along the underside of her chin. She is very playful, and enjoys spending time with her mother and Calypso. She will play with Astrid as well, but Eclipse is very protective of Tempest, and will often chase Astrid away.

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Calypso is an 18 year old Icelandic Orca. She’s 18 feet long and weighs in at about 5,800 lbs.

You can tell her apart from Astrid by her larger size, her pointier dorsal fin, her curved jawline, and her elongated saddle patch.

While performing the “slideout” you can see that she doesn’t hold her tail at attention, but rather lets it droop.

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Hunter is a 24 year old Icelandic Orca. He’s 21 feet long and weighs in at about 11,000 pounds.

As male Orcas are, Hunter is subdominant by nature. He is often bullied by Calypso and Eclipse.

Being the only male at the aquarium, he’s easy to identify. His massive build and fully collapsed dorsal fin, which leans to his right, give him away. He has a solid saddle marking, and a very straight jawline.

Hunter has been involved in 2 incidents with his trainers, 1 resulting in serious injury and hospitalization of a trainer.
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KakitaTKM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tempest is so cute ;.;
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Certified-0rca Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't she?? :la: she's presh :heart:
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KakitaTKM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Dj-Luka Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I :heart: Hunter :D he's very handsome!
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Certified-0rca Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you :3

He's kind of a cross between the real Orcas Tilikum and Kanduke, I tried to give him a lot of girth :P
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Dj-Luka Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see :aww: I like big bulls! :heart:
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