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Tilikum, the Killer Whale Featured in ‘Blackfish,’ Dies

January 6, 2017 5:14 PM
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Tilikum, the Killer Whale Featured in ‘Blackfish,’ Dies

Tilikum, the captive orca who killed a trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in 2010 and later became the subject of the documentary “Blackfish,” died on Friday.

The whale had been suffering from a persistent infection from a bacteria found in wild habitats and natural settings, but the exact cause of death will be determined by a necropsy, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment said in a statement. The orca, a male estimated to be about 36 years old, had been kept ...

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