3 killer whales preparing for Nagoya debut in late March

February 29, 2012

NAGOYA --Showing that talent runs in the family, three killer whales--father, mother and daughter--are preparing to make a "big splash" at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in late March, just in time for spring break and huge crowds.

Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura told a news conference on Feb. 27 that the male orca Bingo, his partner, Stella, and their daughter, Lan, are in good shape and training hard behind closed doors for their debut performance in Nagoya.

The three moved from Kamogawa Sea World, an aquarium in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, in December as an emergency measure.

The Nagoya Port Aquarium had decided to accept Stella, 26, who is expecting a calf in December this year.

Kamogawa Sea World is not equipped to handle two births--one by Stella and another by a different orca. Bingo, 30, and Lan, 6, were also sent along with Stella as the three lived in one pool in their previous home in Kamogawa.

The exact date for their debut will be determined after checking their health, Omura added.

Bingo and Stella, who weigh 4 tons and 2 tons, respectively, were originally captured in waters off Iceland. Lan is their youngest calf.

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Stella, female killer whale, jumps in a pool at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in Nagoya. (Provided by the Nagoya Port Aquarium)

Stella, female killer whale, jumps in a pool at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in Nagoya. (Provided by the Nagoya Port Aquarium)

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  • Stella, female killer whale, jumps in a pool at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in Nagoya. (Provided by the Nagoya Port Aquarium)
  • Staff feed killer whales at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in Nagoya. (Provided by the Nagoya Port Aquarium)
  • Lan leaps with a big splash at the Nagoya Port Aquarium in Nagoya. (Provided by the Nagoya Port Aquarium)

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