Today, the most exploited orca in Sea World’s history has passed away. RIP.
The life span of killer whales in captivity is only 17 for males and 29 for females. In the wild they live to be over 100. An animal with an average life span of 70 years just died in under 40 in captivity.
Captivity kills. Does Sea World cares? Nah. This is the real reason Tilikum was so important to them.
Be angry with Sea World but also be angry with the people who keep them in business.
In light of Tilikum’s tragic death, please take some time out of your day to watch the documentary Blackfish – the film that made the world aware of Tilikum’s plight & of others still suffering in capitvity. No animal, big or small, deserves to be caged for the entirety of its life.
Tilikum. Now you are free.