SeaWorld: 'Blackfish' Killer Whale Tilikum Dying From Lung Infection
SeaWorld announced 35-year-old Tilikum, the orca featured in the documentary "Blackfish," is dying from an incurable lung disease.By Melissa Prax | March 9, 2016
Tilikum, the orca at the center of the documentary "Blackfish," is dying from an incurable disease.
SeaWorld announced Tuesday the killer whale is becoming "increasingly lethargic" while battling a bacterial infection in his lungs. But the park says "he has received the best in marine mammal health care and life enrichment available."
Tilikum has been at SeaWorld for the past 23 years, and news of his illness has, not surprisingly, re-sparked controversy about animals in captivity.