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Feb 27, 2012 7:17 PM by Associated Press (JR)

San Diego-bound orca takes to skies

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's not often an airplane passenger makes such a splash.

SeaWorld officials in San Diego on Monday welcomed a 19-year-old orca that was flown in from its Texas park to join the California theme park's seven other orcas.

SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz told U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/y2QXUV ) that the 7,000-pound male named Keet flew to San Diego aboard a chartered C-130 plane inside a water-filled container.

Koontz says he was accompanied by veterinarians who poured water on his back and dorsal fin during the flight.

Koontz says Keet lived at the San Diego park from 1999 to 2004. Park officials hope he will help enhance the social interactions among its San Diego killer whale population.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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