Obituary: Tilikum 1981-2017

David Lusseau

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Tilikum was born in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean in 1981 to an extended family travelling the waters around the sub-arctic islands. He was captured and taken from his family while still a baby and sold to the entertainment trade.

Tilikum faced many challenges throughout his life. He first came to Victoria, British Columbia and then moved to Florida in 1992 where he stayed until his recent death, aged 35. The cause of death is still unknown but he was battling a bacterial lung infection for some time.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017


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