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  Happy ending for Keiko the film star whale
Updated 08 November 2002, 09.45
Children wave goodbye to their friend Keiko
Keiko the film star whale has finally found a home in the Norwegian fjords.

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It's quiet, full of other passing orcas, but still close enough to human company which he loves so much.

Fact File
Keiko
He was captured in 1979 when he was just two
Has spent most of his life performing in marine parks in Canada & Mexico
It's taken 4 years and millions of pounds to return him to the wild

Keiko - star of the Free Willy films - swam from the Skaalvik fjord, where he has been since September, to the quieter Taknes Bay on Thursday.

He turned up in Norway after his release from an Icelandic pen 1400 kms (870 miles) away in mid-July.

And he's been a huge hit with the locals ever since. He loves human company after having spent so much time in captivity.


But his trainer and whale experts have been hunting for a new home for the whale for weeks - somewhere not so full of whale-spotters.

Taknes Bay is ice-free and has loads of fish for Keiko to feast on. Plus there's a chance to meet other orcas on their migration routes.

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