"I had strings
But now I'm free"
You're not longer a puppet Tilly <3 RIP I am so sorry we couldn't do more for you. The fight isn't over. Swim free with Keiko big guy.
RIP Tilikum, sorry you were in captivity and mistreated. The cruel treatment of your species is a disgrace and I apologize for my fellow humans.
"a beloved SeaWorld Family member has died." - SeaWorld
"our efforts to enslave, torture, turn a massive beauty into a circus act so we can make money is dead and we killed him." - SeaWorld
we need to stop zoos and any animal caged exhibitions, they deserve the respect of freedom, how many whales kep dying in captivity? why dont they learn! if the dorsal fin flops thats also a sign of illness. i dont support any of these trapped animals. we shud respect their land and go see them in their tru beauty. such disregard to their being.
On one hand, he was a psychotic animal who actually killed people.
On the other, said behavior was due to his treatment in captivity.
Soo sorry.. you should have died in freedom, somewhere in the oceans of Iceland, where you belonged, not in captivity! Not surrounded by trainers and veterinarians but by your family and own kind.
Keep on swimming Tilly! 💕Now you're free!
In captivity since he was a baby. Never knowing freedom or happiness. Heartbreaking story of a beautiful animal. Shame on humans to destroy these magnificent animals in this way 😓😓
He was a hero in my book. Sadly there had to be deaths to make us all wake up to the miserable lives these majestic animals were living. Imagine being ripped from your family then thrown in a prison to entertain for the rest of your life. May he finally have peace.
Who sees an animal that massive and decides it needs to be kept in a tank. Screw SeaWorld for depriving the animal of any sort of freedom, completely deplorable. RIP Tilikum, you were loved.
People on here calling a wild animal a "murderer" and god knows what lol How some have made it through the gene pool is beyond me. Humans really will be the death of this planet
I'm just gonna call it like I see it... He died from prolonged depression.. Plain and simple. Humans die from it too, but the saddest thing is that we did it to him. He should have, at the VERY least, been released into an ocean-pen until he was healthy, and then released to the ocean if he could've handled it. At least his spirit is free now :-(
A better fate for him I'm afraid. What a tragic life he lived, imposed onto him by the wretched SeaWorld! Cause of death unknown? I think we do know what really caused his demise--CAPTIVITY in an unnatural environment. He's finally free!
PETA's page wrote that Tilikum was 3 decades in captivity. I've been living for 3decades, and I just can't imagine how painful it is not to be free. RIP, Tilikum. I hope you're the last one to suffer like this.
Rip ya killer.. He killed many trainers in different continents, and only less then 1% of whales have a colasped dorsel.. Maybe if people weren't so stupid and gullible he could have been saved decades ago.
RIP Tilikum. You're now out of your misery. However your life was not in vain. You made a difference; you brought about change. I recognize that Sea World has done some marvelous things throughout their existence but their use of Orcas and other wild marine animals as "entertainment" is and was cruel. If not for you Tilikum, I'm not sure Black Fish would've been made; that the general public would not have been made aware of your sad story and life. I do wish that three people had not lost their lives at your "hand". So Tilikum, your life (while not happy and free) was not in vain.
It's nauseating to read this. This poor orca was abused in so many ways, deprived from his natural life. Humans are so disgusting that it doesn't even surprise me anymore what a person can do for greed. Our specie is indeed the most dangerous and menacing.
He died the long slow death of captivity, insensitivity to the misery any being would feel having been taken from his loved ones as a child and confined in a space one millionth of the size of his wild home. Shame on us, to torture this beautiful creature all his life like that.
There's just nothing more to say that justifies keeping this majestic animal in an enclosure for his whole life, with the sole purpose of doing tricks for brain-dead humans. And then becoming a sperm bank for more brain-dead money hungry humans. I will NEVER support Sea World. There are other ways to fund marine conservation and raise awareness of the plight of these magnificent animals.
Swim free, Tilikum.
No more pain no more training as a muse for entertainment of those who will never truly know your loss of freedom, family and just to be what you were a beautiful wild mammal. Swim free forever now knowing you stopped anymore of your kinds entrapment in California shows.
Shame on humans who held him in captivity for more than 30 years! Who cares that he killed 3 people (if he killed), they all deserved it! All of his life was a prison. :( RIP Tilikum! All zooes and seaworld should be closed!
It's so very heartbreaking that Tilikum did not get to be free once more before he passed on. Although, with sadness, I'm relieved that he will no longer suffer just to make others happy. His story has changed my thinking on captive animals. Unfortunately, it has also made me feel ashamed and burdened. The fact that I am helpless. That I cannot stop this from happening throughout the world, hurts my heart. So much suffering for the love of money and greed🙁
This orca dragged down and killed a sea world worker. It was instrumental in near killings. Any animal instrumental in a human death is put down in other species. This dangerous animal should have been put down after this girls death years ago. No other orcas in captivity are responsible for the kind of danger tilikum created. It's astounding how many people here value an animal life over a human life.
How sad 😭 to end its life this way poor tilikum people should watch black fish film it was a real eye opener into the cruel lives these poor whales endured....😡 also makes you wonder how much of an insurance claim will be made since they were ment to be shutting down this barbaric display of cruelty ???
Today is Martyrium finally ends. He was as old as me and, like me, he should have many years left- but he was robbed of his freedom, his family and his dignity. I hope his agony, desperation and anger will serve one purpose: that humans will finally see what captivity does to social and intelligent mammals like orcas and dolphins. They are not here to amuse us, they are here to enjoy life and live it to the fullest.
Sleep tight, warrior. I hope you found your freedom on the other side.
While reading this article on the negative effect and impact isolation, confinement had on this mammal when separated from family and his society...it shadowed our prison system.
Yet we still think that our system of punishment that doesn't work to reform is somehow going to magically change and start working. Just an observation.
If we can change our approach to how we treat animals. Why then do we struggle to change how we treat our fellow human beings...sorry just being contemplative 🤔
it does not matter, Tilikum is dead and he is finally free of oppression, torment, pain and suffering. This beautiful animal was exposed to cruelty and abuse for over 30 years, we should be grateful his pain is now over and he is gone. Finally. I hope people can now let him be free and stop labeling him as "THE killer". He deserved better...
Another tragic unnecessary death. It should have been left in the sea when he was two-years-old years old instead of being dragged into captivity to amuse people that are too stupid to stay away from these parks.
Glad these changes were made for these beautiful animals. What a tragic thing he and other mammals had and have to go thru. May he finally have peace. He left a legacy behind, even though he had to pay dearly for it, now future mammals don't have to endure what he went thru. Rip Tilly. 💕
I can't express to you how much hatred I have for SeaWorld. They said he lived to be 36 which was average for a male orca. NO it's average for a male orca in captivity. The stress he was out under caused him to kill 3 people throughout his career. They need to either shut its doors or take animal attractions out of their program. I will never support them or what they do.
RIP .. Sad story of captivity and wrongful breeding methods used by sea world. On one hand this dad of many of sea worlds orcas is no more but atleast he is finally free! With Sea World ending the orca shows and freeing the remaining orcas his life finally had a larger impact and purpose. All fish are beautiful .. Forceful captivity at aquariums, or mass fishing and destruction of entire ecosystems just to satisfy the human palate should end!