How did Tilikum die?
Tilikum’s death, probably due to a persistent bacterial lung infection, was not unexpected.
He was an estimated 36 years old and had survived longer in captivity than any other male killer whale except one..
What does SeaWorld do with dead whales?
In the event of a killer whale death, the animal is segmented into pieces and placed inside of large shipping containers. These containers are sealed and then taken to the ocean, where they drill large holes into them and sink them to be taken care of by bottom-dwellers.
Did Tilikum eat dawns arm?
SeaWorld writes: “Tilikum did not eat Ms. Brancheau’s arm; The Coroner’s Report is clear that Ms. Brancheau’s entire body, including her arm was recovered.”
How many people did Tilikum kill?
three peopleThe orca Tilikum is seen performing at SeaWorld in Orlando in March 2011. The animal killed three people over the years.
Why was Tilikum’s fin bent?
Scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have reported that “the collapsed dorsal fins commonly seen in captive killer whales do not result from a pathogenic condition, but are instead thought to most likely originate from an irreversible structural change in the fin’s collagen over time.
Did SeaWorld kill Tilikum?
On January 6, 2017, SeaWorld announced that Tilikum had died early in the morning. The cause of death was bacterial infection.