Tilikum (orca)

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Tilikum during a 2009 performance at SeaWorld
SpeciesOrcinus orca
Bornc. December 1981
Died (aged 35)
Orlando, Florida
Years active1983–2016
Offspring21 (10 alive as of January 2017)
Weight12,500 lb (5,700 kg)

Tilikum (c. December 1981[1] – January 6, 2017), nicknamed Tilly,[2] was a captive orca. He was captured in Iceland in 1983 at Hafnarfjörður, near Reykjavík. About a year later, he was transferred to Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.[3] He was subsequently transferred in 1992 to SeaWorld Orlando, Florida.[3] Tilikum was heavily featured in CNN Films' 2013 documentary Blackfish.

Tilikum became notorious for his involvement in the deaths of three people: a trainer at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific, a man trespassing in SeaWorld Orlando, and a SeaWorld Orlando trainer.

He sired 21 calves, of which ten are still alive.


Tilikum was a large bull orca; the largest in captivity.[4] He measured 22.5 feet (6.9 m) long and weighed about 12,500 pounds (5,700 kg).[5] His pectoral fins were 7 feet (2.1 m) long, his fluke curled under, and his 6.5-foot-tall (2.0 m) dorsal fin was collapsed completely to his left side.

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