“Norway was chaos. The number of tourists the first month was absolutely crazy. People were driving from Germany to the middle of Norway to see him, and on the weekends we had thousands and thousands of people coming. We had to have the police working with us, because people didn’t understand they were not allowed to go swimming with Keiko and pet him. Before I got there, I saw photos from Norway, of children 8-9 years old trying to climb on Keiko’s back. And the parents would just cheer them and go, ‘Good for you! Good for you!’”

– Þorbjörg Valdís Kristjánsdóttir (Tobba)
Keiko’s last trainer on his arrival in Norway following a thousand-mile solo journey across the North Atlantic