Sakari holds a special place in my heart because I had the privilege of being right there when she was born.

Sakari, whose name means “sweet” in Inuit, can often be found swimming through the water with Takara and Kamea, or interacting with trainers and guests after shows.

With the birth of her half-sibling, Kamea, Sakari is no longer the youngest of the pod, but she won’t let that keep her from being the most playful.

Among her favorite enrichment items is kelp, which she loves to shoot back-and-forth with me, as well as Kamea. One enrichment device she prefers to keep all to herself is her Shamu-sized hoop. Once it’s in her grip, she carries it everywhere, tosses it around the pool, and even likes to wear it like a necklace.

Sakari seems to enjoy our play time, whether I have toys or not. She has her own special version of “hide-and-seek” in which she peeks though the pool glass and sometimes around corners to find me, after I have not-so-secretly retreated into a new “hiding place.”

In the last year she has started really coming into her own and can almost always be seen doing many portions of the shows, as she loves to be the center of attention. Measuring 13 feet and weighing 2,350 pounds, she’s one of the smallest killer whales in San Antonio, with one of the biggest personalities.

Sakari was born at SeaWorld San Antonio to Takara in 2010, and was sired by Tilikum.

-Amy, Supervisor at Shamu Stadium

Quick Facts

  • Born: January of 2010
  • Female
  • Weighs 2,350 pounds
  • Measures over 13 feet long
  • Distinguishing Physical Characteristics: she has a unique notch on the edge of her right eye patch
  • Research involved in: hearing, circadian and cortisol studies

Amy, Supervisor at Shamu Stadium


I began my career at SeaWorld in 1998 and started training animals in 2003!