Tilikum, nicknamed Tilly, was a bull orca.

The killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.

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He was captured in Iceland in 1983 at Hafnarfjörður, near Reykjavík; after a year he was transferred to Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sealand of the Pacific was a public aquarium in South Oak Bay at The Oak Bay Marina, near the city of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast.

Hafnarfjörður is a port town and municipality located on the southwest coast of Iceland, about 10 km south of Reykjavík.

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he was subsequently transferred in 1992 to SeaWorld Orlando, Florida.

SeaWorld is a United States chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation centers owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County.


Tilikum was involved in the death of three people: a trainer at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, a man trespassing on SeaWorld Orlando's property, and a trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld.


Tilikum was heavily featured in CNN Films' 2013 documentary Blackfish.

CNN Films is a motion picture division of CNN, originally launched in 2012.


He sired 21 calves, of whom ten are still alive.


In the Chinook Jargon of the Pacific Northwest, the name means "friends, relations, tribe, nation, common people".

Chinook Jargon is a revived American indigenous language originating as a pidgin trade language in the Pacific Northwest, and spreading during the 19th century from the lower Columbia River, first to other areas in modern Oregon and Washington, then British Columbia and as far as Alaska and Yukon Territory, sometimes taking on characteristics of a creole language.

The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a geographic region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east.


SeaWorld announced in March 2016 Tilikum's health was deteriorating, and it was thought he had a lung infection caused by a rare resistant bacterium.


In May 2016, it was reported Tilikum's health was improving.


Seaworld announced Tilikum had died on January 6, 2017.

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