Joshua Records, LLC
is in production of a full length documentary about Keiko’s life and legacy titled:

Keiko: The Untold Story

Everyone hoped that Keiko would find his family and live happily ever after. When that didn’t happen, the media walked away and called the effort a failure.

This is the amazing story of what actually happened with Keiko. The film takes the viewer on Keiko’s journey, explores his strong will to survive, and enjoys his enormous embrace of his own freedom.

Through firsthand accounts by those who did not walk away, the film follows Keiko, his life, his legacy, and the untold story of his extraordinary years of ‘freedom’ in Iceland and Norway where he thrived before his death in 2003.

Mark Berman
Associate Director, Free Willy-Keiko Foundation

Paul Spong
Founder, OrcaLab

Naomi Rose
Senior Scientist
The Humane Society of the United States

Colin Baird
Keiko Project's Field Team Coordinator
in Iceland and Norway

“Tobba” – Þorbjörg Valdís Kristjánsdóttir
Caretaker for Keiko in Iceland and Norway

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What you can do

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News and Alerts

  • News (2/10/2015): Miami Seaquarium Lies about Keiko to Keep Lolita
    “Far from a reason not to relocate Lolita, the Keiko experience is proof positive that relocating and retiring Lolita is doable.”
  • Press Release (2/2/2015): The Free Willy Keiko Foundation and Earth Island Institute Dispute Claims in PBS News Hour Story About Death of Keiko the Whale
  • Press Release: Documentary Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy Acquired by Discovery Channel for Europe, Latin America and the Middle East
  • Editorial: Free the Elephants and Orcas in Captivity (Scientific American, March 1, 2014)
  • News:
    Orca Whale Morgan’s Fight for Freedom Continues (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Press Release:
    Documentary Film Keiko the Untold Story Weighs in on Morgan Debate
  • News:
    Saddest Dolphin Update: Over 650,000 Sign Dolphin Petition (CNN)
  • News:
    Morgan Update: Dutch court blocks export of rescued whale to Spanish park, orders research on return to sea
  • News:
    Granny (J2) The Whale’s 100th Birthday: Poignant and Inspirational
  • News:
    Inglourious Basterds Star Eli Roth Blasts SeaWorld After Whale Attack (, 4/22/10)
  • News:
    Former animal trainer Ric O’Barry squares off against Jack Hanna, saying parks like SeaWorld are inhumane. (video,, 3/2/10)
  • Press Release:
    Time for a Federal Investigation into SeaWorld’s Negligence in Death of Trainer (3/1/10)
  • News:
    Killer-whale experts say: Reintroduce Tilikum to the wild (Orlando Sentinel, 2/26/10)
  • News:
    Orca from Oak Bay's Sealand linked to death of trainer at SeaWorld in Florida (Times Colonist, 2/25/10)
  • News:
    Death of Sea World trainer: Do ‘killer whales’ belong in theme parks? (Christian Science Monitor, 2/24/10)
  • News:
    Orca 'Baby Boom' - 'A wonderful' present for researchers, who were both celebrating birthdays (The Times Colonist, 11/13/09)
  • more

Free Willy Keiko
20th Anniversary Event

The cast, crew, and fans of Free Willy
and Keiko: The Untold Story gathered in LA
on August 17, 2013
for Keiko’s 20th Anniversary Party

photo of people gathered, many of them young

Follow this link for more photos.

photo of a man by a misty calm sea, orca at the surface
Paul Spong

Keiko’s incredible journey

I am writing this in part to counter recent attempts to discredit Keiko’s accomplishments, and the efforts of those who participated in his journey from captivity to freedom, and in part to express my belief that Keiko’s story serves as a beacon of light that shines on the way forward, and out, for captive whales and dolphins … read more

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