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Keiko Orca (Free Willy) Pendant Killer Whale Necklace

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This is a made-to-order item, and will require time to sculpt, bake, paint, varnish, and string before shipping. The necklace will be hand-sculpted from polymer clay without the use of molds, and carefully hand-painted. It will be mounted on an adjustable-length necklace and ready to wear! Every detail will be faithfully recreated to provide the best likeness possible (including the dots on his chin and markings on his fluke). It will be mounted on 1mm black waxed-cotton cord, and tied with slip knots so that the length is adjustable. The cord will run through the natural loop created by his dorsal fin (it has been internally reinforced with a metal finding to ensure strength). His name will be written on the back of the pendant.

A great keepsake for fans of the “Free Willy” movies, or anyone who loves orcas!

About Keiko:
Likely the most famous killer whale of all time, Keiko was captured near Iceland in 1979 and brought to an Icelandic aquarium. He was moved to Marineland, Canada three years later before moving to Reino Aventura in Mexico City. In 1993 he became an international sensation as the title character in the movie “Free Willy”. As a result of this unique stardom, a foundation was established to raise money for his rehabilitation and move back into the ocean. A special pool was constructed for him at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and he moved there in 1996. In 1998 he was flown to Klettsvik Bay in Iceland where he lived in a sea pen that allowed him supervised access to the open ocean. During a supervised “walk” in 2002, his trainers lost track of him and he turned up 870 miles away off the coast of Norway where he frolicked with fans. He had lost weight, and his trainers relocated so that they could continue to feed and care for him. His trainers hoped that he would join a passing pod of orcas, but this did not happen. He remained in human care until his death of pneumonia in 2003 around the age of 27. A memorial service was held on February 20, 2004, which was attended by 700 people and a memorial site was set up in Halsa, Norway, marked by a cairn of stones built by Norwegian school children. Thomas Chatterton said that “Keiko was not one of our kind but nonetheless, was still one of us”.

***This item is MADE TO ORDER and will take 1-3 weeks to sculpt, bake, paint and varnish before it can be shipped.

***I can offer expedited shipping at an additional cost. Please contact me for details. I can ship via Surface Mail within Canada and the United States at a slight discount as well.

Keiko Orca (Free Willy) Pendant Killer Whale Necklace

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish
  • Feedback: 200 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from St. Catharines, Canada
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