“Ky” is the largest orca at Sea World San Antonio …

And he weighs in at over four and a half tons, nearly twice as much as the largest females in the pod. It is remarkable watching Ky during our daily interactions and shows when his huge body emerges above water. His massive size makes him a guest favorite because of his ability to soak our guests with his 52 degree pool water!

It’s awe-inspiring to have a relationship that spans over two decades with such an incredible creature. Each day I am captivated with his awesome power, his amazing intelligence and his playful nature. Enrichment activities that Ky responds enthusiastically to include having water splashed on his tongue, playing with toys that are filled with ice and receiving a brisk rubdown on his peduncle, the area behind his dorsal fin.

In addition to his size, Ky’s large eye patches and huge, squared-off pectoral flippers help fans distinguish him from the other killer whales in the pod. Named after a town on the northern coast of Vancouver Island, Ky was born at Sealand of the Pacific to Haida and Tilikum. He was moved to SeaWorld San Antonio with his mother in 1993, and has resided in San Antonio ever since.

- Doug, Senior 1 Animal Trainer

Quick Facts

  • Born: December of 1991
  • Male
  • Weighs 9,130 pounds
  • Measures 20 feet in length
  • Distinguishing Physical Characteristics: he is the largest killer whale at SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Research involved in: hearing, circadian and cortisol studies

Doug, Senior 1 Animal Trainer


I started my animal training career in 1986, and began working for SeaWorld in 1988. I’ve even swam with a whale shark!