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Keiko the Whale
Birth: 1976
Death: Dec. 12, 2003

Famed Whale. Keiko gained fame for his roles in the films "Free Willy" (1993), "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" (1995), and "Free Willy 3: The Rescue" (1997). Keiko was captured near Iceland in 1979 and sold into the marine park industry. Keiko's stardom came from the three Free Willy films, in which a young boy befriends a captive killer whale and gets him to jump over a sea park wall to freedom. A $20-million venture to free Keiko was started in 1993, after he was found dying in a Mexico City, Mexico, aquarium. His name which means “Lucky One” in Japanese, was rehabilitated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, then airlifted to Iceland in 1998. His handlers there prepared him for the wild, teaching him to catch live fish in an operation that cost $500,000, American a month. He was released from Iceland in July 2002, and ended up swimming straight for Norway on a 1,400-kilometre trek that seemed to be a search for companionship. He turned up near the village Halsa, Norway, in late August or early September 2002, and there he allowed fans to pet and play with him, even crawl on his back, becoming such an attraction animal-protection authorities imposed a ban on approaching him. Keiko died on December 12, 2003, after the sudden onset of pneumonia in the Taknes fjord in Norway, at the age of 27. (bio by: K) 
Taknes Bay (shore)
Halsa kommune
Møre og Romsdal fylke, Norway
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Dec 12, 2003
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The world misses you thank you keiko for everything we came to learn from you I hope you have forgive us all for the sadness you must have felt. .I'm sorry you never got to reunite with your family you were truly beautiful
- kim alexandra
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015
May you rest in peace sweet Keiko! You are loved by so many! Swim free now for eternity.
- Orca lover
 Added: Mar. 23, 2015
I Need You Back Please Iam Making A Whale Call To You To come back
- Jillian Franklin Actress
 Added: Mar. 20, 2015
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