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Birth: Nov., 1981, Iceland
Death: Jan. 6, 2017
Orange County
Florida, USA

Orca. Tilikum became a resident of SeaWorld some 25 years ago. He had been born in the waters off Iceland some ten or twelve years previously. In 1983, when it was estimated that he was two or three years old, he was captured near Iceland, then kept for about a year in a holding tank. He then was installed at a marine park in British Columbia called SeaLand of the Pacific, where he was given the name Tilikum, meaning “friend” in the Chinook language. In 1991, Tilikum and two other whales reportedly prevented a trainer from leaving their tank after she fell in, resulting in her death. Tilikum was then transferred to SeaWorld Orlando, where, in 1999, a man illegally entered the park at night and was found dead in the whale's enclosure the next day. An inquest ruled that the 27-year-old had died of hypothermia. In 2010 his trainer died after Tilikum dragged her underwater by her hair as she performed with the whale in front of an audience. The investigation into her death ruled that she died from drowning and traumatic injuries. SeaWorld stated that her death was not an attack, but a terrible accident. Tilikum was removed from the park’s public performances for a year after the incident and new safety rules introduced prohibited trainers from entering the water to perform tricks with the whales. In 2013 he was featured in a controversial documentary the water park insisted was emotionally manipulative and misleading. Tilikum sired 14 calves while he was at SeaWorld Orlando, but the company announced an end to its breeding program and theatrical shows involving killer whales in 2016. In early March of that year, Tilikum was reported to be lethargic, and veterinarians were worried about his health, noting a persistent bacterial lung infection had set in. After extensive treatment stretching to ten months, SeaWorld issued a statement announcing Tilikum's death in early 2017. (bio by: Iola) 
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