Tilikum, You’re Free Now


Tilikum was a an orca kept at Sea World in Orlando. He was known for killing 3 people whilst at Sea World (the only deaths from Killer Whales have been when they are in captivity). Tilikum was captured in Iceland in 1983 and has lived in captivity ever since. He was taken from his family when he was 2 years old along with two other orcas.


Think about if Tilikum was a human for a moment. Imagine someone taking away your 2 year old or if you don’t have a child imagine them taking you away from your parents at 2 years old because they thought you could be trained to entertain people and make them a heck of a lot of money. Then whilst being trained you were kept with other people and when you made a mistake during training you or any of the other people would not get fed. Then at night you get locked up in a small metal box that doesn’t have enough room for you to all move around in. Imagine what the other people would do to you, they would get angry at you and potentially hurt you. This is what happened to Tilikum when he was sent to Sea Land in Canada. He was then transferred to Sea World in Orlando in 1992.


Tilikum was involved with the death of three people. I don’t want to go into details as that is not what this post is about, however like I said. As of 2013, there had been 4 deaths caused by Killer Whales, all 4 of which had been in captivity.

Sea World has reported heath issues with Tilikum in March 2016 and sadly he died yesterday (6th January 2017) in the morning. The cause of death is unknown at the moment.

I’m deeply saddened about Tilikum’s death, however I am overjoyed that he has escaped the horrible captivity of Sea World.


I was overjoyed when Sea World announced last year that this will be the last generation of Orcas at Sea World. It made me so happy that these beautiful creatures will finally be free from captivity and be able to swim freely again.

I encourage any of you NOT to go to Sea World, I’ve never been and I don’t plan to. I believe what they do to these animals and the space that they keep them is just cruel and I believe that this is totally a form of animal cruelty.

Tilikum was heavily featured in the documentary Blackfish. It’s on Netflix and it is 100% worth the watch.


Tilikum is now swimming freely after 3 decades of being trapped, but there’s still much we can do to save other orcas!

  • Never visit a marine park or the other enterprise that keeps marine mammals (or other animals, for that matter) in captivity. Ask family and friends not to visit, either.
  • Join the efforts of activists who campaign against animal captivity. Groups such as CompassionWorks International and the Captive Animals’ Protection Society focus their work on animals in captivity and assist others doing the same.
  • Support efforts to “retire” orcas from parks like SeaWorld and Miami Seaquarium and release them into seaside sanctuaries. Click here for more information.
  • Sign the petition to make the results of Tilikum’s autopsy public. Doing so will help ensure SeaWorld is transparent about how and why Tilikum died‼️
  • Help the Southern Resident killer whale population. These endangered orcas are suffering from a lack of salmon to feed on thanks to hydro-electric dams on the Snake River in Idaho. Click here for actions you can take.

A few people on Twitter have shared their thoughts…

PETA is a charitable organisation that works to educate the public about the horrors of cruelty to animals through peaceful means, and this is what they had to say..

I also recommend you follow advocates actively working on behalf of orcas in captivity, including Dr. Lori Marino of the Kimmela Center; former SeaWorld trainers Samantha Berg, Carol Ray, and Jeffrey Ventre; Paige Nelson; Dr. Ingrid Visser; and the Orca Project.

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post it’s a little different to what I’m used to but I like it! Don’t forget to like and follow my blog! 💗

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What are your thoughts on Sea World? Talk to me in the comments below! 🥰

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