A large blue container on a flatbed truck carried the newest resident of SeaWorld San Diego from the airport to its new home Monday.
Shouka, a killer whale from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, arrived to Lindbergh Field via a large cargo plane around 5:50 a.m..
The whale arrived in a foam-padded container held in a sling so she wouldn't move around during her flight. The container, filled with thousands of gallons of water, weight 38,000 pounds according to park officials.
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Once she landed, the plan was to load the whale onto a flatbed truck and drive it to its new home at SeaWorld San Diego.
Just after 7 a.m., a crew of six people could be seen traveling with the large whale inside a container. Occasionally, a crew member would use a tool to pour water over the top of the whale.
The truck was escorted by highway patrol from the airport to the park near Mission Bay.
Shouka is a 19-year-old female orca who veterinarians hope will find a suitable companion among the other whales at the San Diego theme park.
Her former companion at Six Flags was a bottle-nosed dolphin who was recently put in a different pool.
Since then, Shouka has not met a good companion park officials said.
SeaWorld San Diego representatives say they plan to have Shouka performing at SeaWorld soon but did not give an estimated date.