This is Tilikum who has the most horrible home in the world— SeaWorld. His nickname at SeaWorld is Tilly. Tilikum is the largest orca in captivity, weighing 12,500 pounds and measuring over 22 feet in length. Tilikum was captured near Iceland in 1983, over 30 years ago. When he was 2 years old, he was approximately 13 feet long, and this is when he was torn away from his family and ocean home.
Tilikum is the largest killer whale in captivity and he has been at SeaWorld for 32 years now. For the past 13 years, Tilikum has been alone in a tank and not allowed to be in any shows. The shows stink anyway and being alone all day is worse. SeaWorld should release him!!!! !!!!
It has been said that Tilikum is “the loneliest whale in the world”. You can see how lonely and depressed he is simply by looking at his Dorsal Fin. It is flopped over and this is not normal or natural for any Blackfish.
In 2010, at SeaWorld Tilikum dragged his trainer down to the bottom of his tank. The trainer was unfortunately killed. I think Tilikum killed the trainer because he was stressed out in being in a really, really tiny tank. The tank is only 40 feet deep and Tilly and no room to swim and gets sunburned daily because he is not deep enough in the water.
SeaWorld keeps Tilikum isolated away from shows and trainers because they are afraid he will hurt someone else. He only killed the trainers because he was stressed out being in such a small and tiny tank for a long time.
His home is in the Happy Oceans!
To help Tilikum DO NOT GO TO SEAWORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!