Friday, February 16, 2001

Ohio's Shamu migrating to San Diego

The Associated Press

        AURORA, Ohio — Shamu won't be spending any more winters in Ohio.

        The trademark attraction at Sea World, which has been merged into an expanded amusement-marine park, left Cleveland on a 7-hour charter flight Thursday headed to San Diego.

        The 4,100-pound killer whale shared the stage name Shamu with two other whales at Sea World of Ohio, which opened in 1970. The 8-year-old, born in San Antonio, has also performed at Sea World of San Diego.

        Shamu was a crowd favorite, flopping atop the water and dousing front-row fans, who had been warned they were sitting in splash territory.

        Sunday, a second killer whale will leave for San Diego, and the third will go to Sea World in San Antonio. Dolphins and penguins will be divided among Sea World parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla.

        While Shamu isn't directly related to the killer whales in San Diego, the group has been together in the past. The reunion is “going to be kind of fun,” said Jim Antrim, vice president of zoological operations at San Diego.


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