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Keiko the Whale
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Flowers 1 to 50 (of 1,331 total)51 - 100 

- LISACHERIE
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
 
Remembering you and missing you, sweet Keiko...
- Mary
 Added: Sep. 6, 2014
 
forget me nots for you, Keiko, as you will never be forgotton!!!
- barbara schwabe
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014
 

- Marti Utter
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014
 

- Barbara in California
 Added: Aug. 19, 2014
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
 

- Jill R.
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
 

- SISSY MUSGRAVE
 Added: May. 27, 2014
 

- rosie mcnaughton
 Added: May. 27, 2014
 

- purple-lady
 Added: May. 27, 2014
 

- Barbara in California
 Added: May. 26, 2014
 

- Kasey Conway Gomez
 Added: Apr. 21, 2014
 

- Jillian May Hummel
 Added: Apr. 11, 2014
 
I Love You Come Back
- Jillian May Astin
 Added: Apr. 11, 2014
 

- Kay
 Added: Apr. 6, 2014
 
One more thing,I can't belive on December 12th of 2014 you will have been gone 11 years,you would be 38 years old now if you had live,miss you much
- Carla Lyles
 Added: Mar. 26, 2014
 
I was watching Keiko's Journey Home and Keiko's long journey home on vhs from Koin 6 and Kgw 8 and realizing that I still miss you so much I just cried, I'm so glad I got to see you at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1998 shortly before you left to go back home to Iceland,and now you are truly free Keiko,much love to you
- Carla Lyles
 Added: Mar. 26, 2014
 

- Happiness/Love
 Added: Mar. 19, 2014
 
I am so sorry keiko.
- james chitty
 Added: Mar. 3, 2014
 
Beautiful creature of the deep...
- Dr. Mike Beech
 Added: Feb. 28, 2014
 

- Oh look, a chicken!
 Added: Jan. 30, 2014
 

- Kathy & Buddy & Our Cat Family
 Added: Jan. 24, 2014
 

- DMLeForce
 Added: Jan. 17, 2014
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Dec. 26, 2013
 

- Barbara Hunnicutt Edwards
 Added: Dec. 13, 2013
 

- Alice Morton
 Added: Dec. 13, 2013
 

- Steve
 Added: Dec. 13, 2013
 

- Kat
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Palm Springs Girl
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Blackwasp
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Rosie♥Mooch
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Floral Designer
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- mj
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Patti Podboy
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 
Keiko (earlier Siggi) was a male orca who is best known for portraying Free Willy. His name whose name means "lucky one" in the Japanese language,was captured nearReyðarfjörður, Iceland in 1979 and sold to the Icelandic aquarium in Hafnarfjörður. Three years later he was sold to Marineland in Ontario where he first started performing for the public and developed skinlesions indicative of poor health. He was then sold to Reino Aventura (now named Six Flags Mexico), an amusement park in Mexico City, in 1985. He was the star of the movie Free Willy in 1993. The publicity from his role in Free Willy led to an effort by Warner Brothers Studio to find him a better home. Donations from the studio and Craig McCaw led to the establishment of the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation in February 1995. With donations from the foundation and millions of school children, theOregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon spent over $7 million to construct facilities to return him to health with the hope of returning him to the wild. UPS provided ground transportation to the nearbyNewport Municipal Airport in a specialized container. Weighing 3500 kg (7720 pounds), he was transported by air in a United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III to his new home on January 7, 1996. During his years in Oregon his weight increased over a ton. It was on this day after 10 years, when Keiko died in Taknes Bay, Norway while under the care of personnel from The Free Willy-Keiko Foundation on December 12, 2003, at about 27 years of age. Pneumonia was later determined as his probable cause of death. Following requests from fans of the orca and Free Willy, the Oregon Coast Aquarium held a memorial service for him on February 20, 2004. 700 people attended the service, during which Thomas Chatterton, a veterinary chaplain said, "Keiko was not one of our kind but nonetheless, was still one of us." There is a memorial site for Keiko set up by the locals in Halsa, Norway. Norwegian school children built a wooden cairn to mark the spot where he is buried. Tourists continue to travel to Norway every year to see Keiko's final resting place, honoring his legacy as the most famous whale in the world and an ambassador of captive whales worldwide. Keiko the Whale: You were a beautiful Killer Whale, I have signed some many petitions to allow you be to be free like Willy, I cant believe its been 10 years already, rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 
ANGEL DAY BLESSINGS
- Sue Allen
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 
ANGEL DAY BLESSINGS
- Donna Lee Wall
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Maggie Mac
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Lazer
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- sniksnak
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- tbeck
 Added: Nov. 14, 2013
 

- LAPrice
 Added: Nov. 6, 2013
 
Remembering you today, beloved Keiko...
- Mary
 Added: Oct. 27, 2013
 

- Joan
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013
 

- Me & Badger ♥
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
 

- sniksnak
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
 
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