In 1990 a young orca showed up in Randers Fjord in Denmark.
Fishermen had seen the orca earlier with a pod of orcas at Udbyhøj close to Randers Fjord. The young orca spotted a boat named Nordersand which it followed into the fjord.
The orca seemed to be in good health and didn’t appear to be sick in any way. It was quickly discovered that the young orca was a male and he was easy to recognize by a nick in his dorsal. He was named Spække (taken from the Danish word for orca which is Spækhugger)
Spække stayed in the fjord for days and local fishermen took it upon themselves to get Spække to follow their boat out of the fjord and out onto open sea in the hopes of him reuniting with his pod.
Spække followed them but the fishermen couldn’t get Spække to swim off and away from their boat. They spend the night on their boat hoping Spække would be gone by itself at daylight.
In the morning there was no sign of Spække and the fishermen sailed back to the shore. But not long after Spække was back again.
From then on Spække never left the fjord again. A lot of people went to see him and some noticed that that Spække seemed to have gotten some kind of skin problem which resembled fongus. After a month in the fjord Spække died.
During autopsy Spække was estimated to be 3-4 years old. His skin was covered in fongus and his teeth were worn completely down. He was extremely skinny and his stomach completely empty.
From the nick in his dorsal Spække could be tracked back to Norway where he originally came from. He was at times seen in company of other orcas, but they seemed to mostly keep at a distance.