For anyone who didn’t know, Tilikum is the Killer whale that inspired the incredibly thought provoking documentary called “Blackfish”. The movie was perhaps the main reason that SeaWorld then came to be under such spotlight, significantly highlighting both the hardships and adversities that have to be faced by animals in captivity like such, and the issues and wrongdoings that deny these animals their rights to live as they should, when in captivity.
Including stillbirths, Tilikum is the 21st Orca to die at seawrold in the last 24 years.
Alongside this documentary, he’s also well known for the death of Dawn Brancheau, who he dragged under water in the year of 2010, aswell as being related to two other human deaths.
All in all he’s had a controversial and difficult life in captivity, with a combination of stress, bullying and social deprivation being prominent in his everyday life.
He was a beautiful animal and it genuinely saddens me to think of the treatment he’s endured. “Habitat dictates behaviour”.
When you buy tickets to see these shows you endorse the mistreatment, you encourage the cruelty and provide them with the funds which allow them to continue. If you want to experience and witness the beauty of these animals, go and see them in the wild please. As when they are in captivity, they are not present as an entirety. They are tired shells of existence and do not represent their true being.
Necropsy on endangered killer whale shows animal suffered blunt-force trauma
VANCOUVER — A necrospy on an endangered killer whale found floating off the coast of British Columbia showed the animal had blunt-force trauma to its head and neck, officials say.
The male orca, found in the water off the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver on Tuesday, also had a hematoma, indicating it was alive for a time after the injury, said Paul Cottrell, Pacific marine mammal co-ordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
He said the damage may have been caused by a vessel strike or other “heavy contact,” but investigators are waiting on tissue tests and other results to determine exactly what happened.
“I think as we get more information back from the necropsy, it’ll help inform us going forward, for sure,” Cottrell said.
Investigators have also taken the animal’s skull to Vancouver, where a CT scan will be done to determine whether there were any fractures as a result of the blunt-force trauma.
The 18-year-old orca, known as J34, was part of the endangered southern resident killer whale population, which live in the waters off southern British Columbia and Washington state.
At least three other animals in the group have died this year, including a calf, a 23-year-old female called J28 and a male known as L95. Cottrell said there are now 79 whales left in the population.
The Center for Whale Research in Washington state said in a news release it has been voicing concerns for over a decade that the endangered whales are not getting enough salmon for their survival.
“We reported that J34 was looking skinny this past summer," it said.
Cottrell said the necropsy showed the almost seven-metre-long orca was in overall good condition with a thick layer of blubber.
There’s a lot of research going on to help protect the southern resident killer whales, and J34’s death will likely help that work progress, he said.
"There’s a big effort going on and of course, when we get a fresh carcass where we can get more information on cause of death and the details around that, we want to know what happened and why, and if it’s a human-caused issue, how we can mitigate that going forward is really important.”
The Sechelt First Nation, which helped retrieve the whale’s body, will keep the skeleton and plan to display it in the future, Cottrell said.
But first the carcass will be left outside for about a year so various organisms can strip it of all organic matter, he explained. Once clean, the bones will be reassembled and displayed.
“This is a beautiful specimen, 18 years old, in the prime of his life. His teeth and everything were in great shape. So this will be a great specimen for display,” Cottrell said.
Life on earth, as magnificent and versatile as it is, is seemingly tame compared to the weird and wonderful creatures that once existed. All categories of life have reached unimaginable sizes, here are just a selection of prehistoric record breakers!
MEGALODON The biggest shark known to have existed, ruling over the oceans as recently as up to a million years ago. A length of almost 20 metres and weighing in at an estimated 48 tonnes, Megalodon could deliver a crucifying bite of up to 110,000N. It is no surprise that the Megalodon was dubbed the “whale killing shark”.
MEGATHERIUM Our early ancestors would have been quite familiar with Megatherium as they existed up to 8000 years ago, they were in fact the largest sloths to have existed. Sloths have a reputation as being lazy, slow and docile, but Megatherium was a 6 metre long, 4 tonne monster with a killer instinct and knife-like claws. Megatherium’s discovery came before that of the dinosaurs. Skeletons of these prehistoric beasts were a delight to the Victorian public and paved the way for the science of palaeontology.
ARCHELON Literally meaning “large turtle”, Archelon certainly was just that. Existing during the cretaceous, the time of the dinosaurs, Archelon could reach 4.5 metres long and may have lived to over 100 years old. Archelon could not compete with other cretaceous beings in speed and agility, but its blade-like beak was able to slice through flesh and crush though the toughest ammonite shells. Unfortunately Archelon appears to have been a popular snack for other marine dwellers, skeletons are frequently missing flippers or heads and covered in slashes.
TITANOBOA When the dinosaurs reign ended, a new era saw the rise of new super-predators, one was Titanoboa, the largest snake ever with a body up to 13 metres long, standing a metre off the ground and weighing up to 2500 pounds. Titanoboa was 30% longer than even todays largest species. Scientists believe this humongous snake hunted like its modern relatives, the boa constrictors, by winding around prey and suffocating them.
IRISH ELK Owner of the largest antlers of any animal, up to 3 metres wide, the Irish Elk gets its name from its frequent discoveries in Irish peat bogs. Existing up to 10,000 years ago, these would have been a common sight in grasslands for our ancestors. Many fossils indicate the animals died of starvation which is why the antlers are thought to have been part of elaborate mating contests between males, often resulting in one being fatally injured and unable to feed itself.
DEINOTHERIUM A distant relative of the elephants and mammoths, Deinotherium was more sinister, its name translates to “terrible beast”, they would have most likely caused trouble for our ancient ancestors around 1.5 million years ago. Deinotherium is actually considered to be the second largest land mammal of all time, behind Paraceratherium and is iconic in appearance due to its sharp, downward facing tusks.
ARCTODUS Known as the short faced bear, they were the biggest bears on record and one of the largest mammal carnivores to have existed. Whilst their skull was short, they were packed with piercing teeth that could deliver a bone crushing bite. Existing up to 11,000 years ago, out ancestors would have stayed well clear of this 900 kilogram predator, with slender limbs and knife-like claws, Arctodus was deadly.
SARCOSUCHUS One of the most infamous fossil discoveries in history, Sarcosuchus was the largest crocodile to walk the Earth up to 112 million years ago, this was a crocodile capable of killing dinosaurs. Sarcosuchus was twice as long as a saltwater crocodile, that’s 11-12 metres long and could reach over 8 tonnes. Its jaw was packed full of 66 teeth either side of its jaw and would have clamped down on prey that wandered too near.
ARGENTINOSAURUS One of the largest lifeforms that has ever stood on the Earth, Argentinosaurus could grow up to 30 metres long with its hind limbs standing 4.5 metres off the ground. They existed between 97-94 million years ago and at adulthood would have been virtually indestructible to predators. Its weight is estimated at a staggering 80-100 tonnes. There hasn’t been another land mammal on the same scale as Argentinosaurus since and it’s unlikely there ever will be.
SPINOSAURUS The largest discovered therapod ever, a group that includes Allosaurus and Tryrannosaurus. Spinosaurus remained an enigma to scientists for decades, the only discovered specimen was sadly destroyed during World War 2 and was not rediscovered until the 21st century. Spinosaurus is thought to have reached up to 16 metres long and weighed in around 12 tonnes, that is almost double the weight of a T-rex!
Regina gets attacked by a soul-sucker a thing who actually sucks out souls
I’m fine I’m ok don’t worry guys I only just almost lost my soul I’m good
Regina almost gets killled by an angry mob out for blood
Wow that was a bit scary but I’m good…(Why didn’t I kill Whale when I had the chance?)
Regina almost gets choked to death by her back-from-the dead -fiancee
Damn my true love almost murdered me but guys no worries I’m great I mean it broke my heart even more and damn since when has Daniel such a tight
Regina takes in the death curse
I can barely stand by myself and I’m almost sure this green shit should’ve killed me but I’m fine I swear
Regina gets electrocuted for over two days
Sure I just go tortured for 48 hours straight but I’m alright no troubles let’s go and make a trip through the freaking jungle I don’t need a break or so
Regina uses that much magic for the diamond
Yeah I just almost died and I’m in no condition to use that much magic but ok i’m Regina Mills and taking a step back is only for weak people -just ask my mother…oh well you can’t she’s dead
Regina goes to Neverland after all that shit and camps with the Charmings
Yes it hurts and I’m hella scared for Henry but everything is ok I dont need a doctor or anything. Let’s go and kick some ass…wait I need to hold on to this tree for a moment (why am I feeling so dizzy?) but don’t worry i’m good
Regina fights against her sister and get thrown through a clock tower
No worries my dears I’m fine I just broke every damn bone in my body but I’m ok
Regina actually fucking dies because Rumple has nothing better to do than ran a sword through her
Yes I just died and now I’m back from the dead but that happens rather often here so I’m good
Regina takes whatever that fury thing throws at her
Thank guys for you help I feel like crap but everything is fine
So after all Regina should have been in a hospital about 100 times but well yes she is fine or whatever… BUT THEN…
Regina’s head makes a nice acquaintance with two trees and she surely has a massiv head trauma but then the miracle happens
When I was 10, I went to SeaWorld. I loved everything about it. So beautiful and magical. And the animals were phenomenal. But one animal in particular caught my attention .. Tilikum. The giant who splashed everyone. I loved him. And a certain trainer who asked me if I had any questions but I was too shy to respond. She was so nice and considerate. She said her name was Dawn and she’d hope to see me there again soon. They both held a very special place in my heart after I returned home.
A mere two months after the trip, I heard on the TV that there was a accident in the SeaWorld I visited. And when I heard the names “Tilikum” and “Dawn” .. I was heartbroken. February 24th, 2010. Tilikum pulled Dawn down by the hair or the leg, depending on which story you believe, down to the bottom of the tank and drowned her. My role model was killed by the very animal I wanted to work with when I grew up. I was distraught.
6 years later, I’m a 17 year old animal rights activist. Who openly detests captivity and fights for all animals freedom. But I admit, I hold one animal at a higher regard than the others .. Tilikum. The 32 year old giant still lives in SawWorld. After killing 3 people in his lifetime. They haven’t once considered the possibility that he’s too mentally unstable to work with anymore and refuse to put him in a seaside rehabilitation center because he is the best breeder and the most successful Orca in captivity. Everyone wants to see the poor murderer. My goal in life is to contribute my heart and soul into the release of Tilikum from his concrete prison. And to keep Dawn Bradcheau’s name alive.
The reason I posted this is to spread awareness. Dawn’s death didn’t deserve to be lied about by the very company who was supposed to protect her and keep her alive in the first place. And Tilikum wasn’t supposed to be captured at the age of 2, watch his mother die, and be shipped from cage to cage to preform for scraps. All of it is sick and twisted. Agree with me or not. It’s sick.
Seaworld’s Profits Drop By 84% Thanks To Harry Styles (Okay, And Blackfish...)
In today’s news that will make Harry Styles proud, it has been reported that Seaworld have seen an absolutely humongous, ridiculous, and cray-cray 84% drop in their profits.
We mean, THAT’S SO CLOSE TO 100% HOW? HOW? HOW?
Well, the answer is pretty simple: Harry Styles.
Okay, maybe the jaw-dropping documentary ‘Blackfish back in 2013 is the actual main contributor to the stats, but One Direction definitely paid a teeny, tiny part.
Let’s start with the docu shall we?
Blackfish basically brought to light the cruel treatment of the orca whales when they are being captured by Seaworld, and once they are within their new enclosure.
The controversial practices are tied in with a conspiracy that the whales killed three people inside the park, with their violent behaviour being a direct result of the unspeakable conditions of the centre.
Immediately after release, Blackfish became a bit of a phenomena and with the cruelty exposed, Seaworld’s CEO, Joel Manby, has decided to use the term: “Brand challenges” when it came to explaining the massive drop in dolla.
He said in a statement: “We realize we have much work ahead of us to recover more of our attendance base, increase revenue and improve our performance as returning to historical performance levels will take time and investment.
“On the reputation side, early feedback on our campaign has been positive, however, we recognize that fully resolving our brand challenges in California will require sustained focus and commitment to correct misinformation.”
Well, you might want to have a chat with 21-year-old Harry then, Joel, as the bighearted, curly-haired star was left less than impressed by Seaworld’s treatment of animals and made that known to his millions of fans not so long ago.
During the band’s OTRA tour in San Diego, Hazza was caught on film asking the fans: “Do you like dolphins?”
When they responded with cheers, he told them: “Don’t go to Seaworld then”.
The clip was obviously used by animal rights campaigners almost immediately, with PETA picking it up to use for their campaigns.
All we have to say to this is: JUSTICE TO THE ORCA WHALES.
Hopefully the shocking stats will be enough to convince bosses to re-evaluate their treatment of the animals, eh?