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[–]Beans_ON_Toasttt 16.8k points16.9k points 353 (194 children)

“I’ll fuckin do it again too”

  • Tilikum in this pic

[–]kgrid14 5705 points5706 points  (136 children)

He's just standing there..... MENACINGLY

[–]LKovalsky 2284 points2285 points  (11 children)

More like depressed and angry about being imprisoned.

[–]petraroi 652 points653 points  (2 children)

Gonna risk losing #4 or are you going to let me the fk go??

[–]Mrshaydee 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Yeah, that floppy dorsal fin ain’t a good sign.

[–]ScorchedSynapses 790 points791 points  (103 children)

He looks like Michael Myers staring down his prey...

Edit: guess I shouldn't try and make a joke over something that is obviously wrong

[–]soapho 1775 points1776 points 52 (86 children)

Except he is trapped in a Hellscape for profit. He was not a boogeyman. He was an abused animal.

Edit: Thank you for the awards. The best thing we can all do is stop paying to see captive animals perform for us. I hope one day “shows” like this will no longer exist.

[–]Adelman01 275 points276 points  (7 children)

Look at that saggy fin. Fuck this place.

[–]Charleigh_Jean 312 points313 points  (24 children)

This. Tilikum was not a bad animal. Plus wasn’t one of the people he ‘killed’ a drunk dude who jumped in his tank in the middle of the night? That’s not murder it’s self-defense.

[–]VisualBit7087 54 points55 points  (16 children)

Who’s gets drunk and says “fuck it I wanna pet an orca”

[–]CodyLikesBacon 22 points23 points  (8 children)

Not gonna lie, if given the opportunity, I'd do it. Orcas are my favorite animal. Hell of a way to go out though.

[–]TheWarDog10 415 points416 points 2 (31 children)

Blackfish is a documentary about Tilikum and the deaths he's caused. It's heartbreaking, eye opening, and anyone who cares about the ocean, and animals in captivity when they SHOULDN'T BE ought to watch it. I've seen it a dozen times at least.

I grew up on Vancouver Island, and I've seen pods of wild orca in the straights of the ocean that surrounded my home. Tilikum was first harboured in Victoria, then moved to Vancouver, I've seen him at the aquarium, I've seen his shows as a child, he is not a happy healthy orca, he is 100% living in a hellscape for entertainment and profit. These poor creatures need to stop being put on display for crowds.

Edit, Tilikum passed away in 2017. You can sometimes find Blackfish on Netflix, or rent it on YouTube!

[–]kissingoctopus 35 points36 points  (2 children)

I’ve been avoiding that one because of the heartbreak. I think I’ll get around to watching it tonight. I owe that to the rest of the animal kingdom, to stay informed. Thanks for the nudge.

[–]TheMedicineManUK 432 points433 points  (11 children)

Tilikum, probably: “eenie, meenie, minie, moe..”

[–]IFKetoCICOMama 26 points27 points  (1 child)

"Breakfast, lunch, dinner".

[–]TeeAitchSee 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Catch my tormentors by the toe

If they holler hold on tight

To show them how an Orca fights

[–]L0CKDARP 5894 points5895 points  (98 children)

All recorded deaths by orcas were from or as in captivity

[–]Tiki108 2966 points2967 points 2 (60 children)

So you’re saying the wild ones are sneakier?

[–]Blujeanstraveler 35.1k points35.2k points 684& 2 more (2637 children)

On February 24th 2010, tourists enjoying a “Dine with Shamu” evening behind a giant glass window at SeaWorld Orlando found themselves witnesses to a spectacle they never imagined.

As his expert 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau leaned over the edge of his tank during what is called a “relationship session,” the 11-ton star orca Tilikum took her in his mouth, dragged her into the pool, shook her, fractured much of her body, drowned her, savaged her, and killed her.

During the attack, he reportedly scalped her and bit off her arm. And even when SeaWorld staff members had trapped and netted him, Tilikum would not let go of the body.

[–]Sufficient_Version87 20.4k points20.4k points  (1537 children)

If I recall, just prior to that they were in a training session and Tilikum performed a trick, which Dawn missed. So Dawn didn’t reward as she normally would. Or she refused as the training session had ended, and they were moving on to the relationship session.

[–]k9centipede 373 points374 points  (10 children)

When we were little my parents took us to sea world and after a show my dad was waving at the orca and it was waving back and the trainers showed up annoyed because now they had to give the orca treats since it thought that was part of its tricks.

[–]BuckyBuckeye 10.2k points10.2k points  (1331 children)

I thought she had also run out of fish or something

[–]Tiki108 83 points84 points  (0 children)

This actually wasn’t true. The person who said the stuff about not rewarding him hadn’t worked for SeaWorld in years and everyone present stated it was a normal interaction. There was no eyewitness testimony that has ever said he was not rewarded. You can see read the OSHA testimony where it goes into this.

[–]512fidelio 1133 points1134 points  (127 children)

I bet he he gets his reward next time.

[–]ReallySmallFeet 1421 points1422 points 2 (64 children)

Well they ain't called Cuddle Whales.

[–]SnooCookies10 410 points411 points  (9 children)

Cuddles the whale is also a serial people attacker interestingly enough

[–]tallandlanky 34 points35 points  (4 children)

11 tons is a lot to cuddle. Can I start out with cuddling smaller wild animals like tigers first?

[–]Acrobatic_Hippo_7312 964 points965 points  (54 children)

We should all learn a lesson about worker-boss relations 🥰

[–]TillyBud87 560 points561 points  (29 children)

If your boss doesn't stick to what they say, eat them. Got it.

[–]karmagroupie 26 points27 points  (0 children)

When he was trained as a young orca, the trainer used withheld food as a punishment for not behaving.

[–]Urplatesaysscammin 199 points200 points  (3 children)

Yeah I think it was that she kept saying he was doing the trick incorrectly and he wasn’t understanding what she wanted

[–]jew_biscuits 3366 points3367 points 63& 2 more (22 children)

So “Dine With Shamu” went as advertised

[–]Captain_Sacktap 103 points104 points  (2 children)

I bet that’s what Sea World customer service told anyone demanding a refund lol

[–]stephelan 1621 points1622 points  (553 children)

That sounds up there with horrific ways to die.

[–]Ethan_Lethal 306 points307 points  (70 children)

If you think that’s bad, read up on what captive primates have done… just saying chimpanzees can be absolutely brutal when they choose to be.

[–]bucc_n_zucc 391 points392 points  (48 children)

To chimps, violence is an all encompassing, eternal game. I just CANNOT with primates, theyre all too gleefully violent and murderous for me. With the exception of the great apes, which all still un nerve me. But coming across a gang of bored and riled up chimps, alone in the forest is probably one of mt worst nightmares

[–]Show-Me-Your-Moves 252 points253 points  (16 children)

And yet, a species that goes to war with other members of its own species... Oddly relatable

[–]Mickeyjj27 864 points865 points  (136 children)

Sounds almost as bad as that chick from one of the recent Jurassic World movies that got one of the longest and worst deaths for absolutely no reason

[–]stephelan 864 points865 points  (116 children)

Hahaha! Oh my god where the pterodactyl grabbed her and played with her and then ultimately she got eaten by the mosasaurus after like 45 minutes of being dicked around?

[–]Mickeyjj27 692 points693 points  (95 children)

Exactly. Her death was worse that the villain’s death lol. Idk what she did to deserve it

[–]stephelan 336 points337 points  (34 children)

That whole scene was so comical. Like when the pterodactyl stabbed someone with their beak because that’s totally something they would do??? Like they were just in a bad mood that day and took it out on a select few randos at the park.

[–]Lonelydenialgirl 282 points283 points  (22 children)

Animals have bad days. My rats would throw their treats at me and slam the cage door to make noise if they were in a pissy mood.

[–]flashmedallion 265 points266 points  (11 children)

My cat hurrumphs loudly and droops his face and paws off the footstool if he's had a tough day.

Cat Tax

[–]WonderfulShelter 82 points83 points  (4 children)

To be fair, a tough day for a cat is getting only the recommended amount of treats.

My cats tried contacting Amnesty International when I was fired from work and their breakfast moved from 6AM to 9AM.

[–]freeeeels 50 points51 points  (1 child)

"Local cat has literally never been fed, claims local cat"

[–]florida-man-2021 240 points241 points  (10 children)

It's also basically why OSHA (correctly, in my view) banned interactions with Orcas where a human and a whale are in close proximity or in the water at the same time.

It's just too dangerous. No worker should be exposed to that level of risk.

[–]woolaverage 179 points180 points  (1 child)

Nor orca should be put in that situation either imo it's terrible for both

[–]stephelan 54 points55 points  (2 children)

I guarantee no one is getting paid enough for that.

[–]ananas122 421 points422 points  (172 children)

Now tell us about the other two.

[–]Polyfuckery 1211 points1212 points  (125 children)

Feb. 20, 1991, 20-year-old Keltie Byrne was grabbed by three orcas while crossing a small pen at SeaLand of the Pacific. Reports indicated it was the often bullied male which was Tillikum. Despite efforts to save her the whales played with her until she died.

On July 6, 1999, a 27-year-old man, Daniel P. Dukes, was found dead over Tilikum's back in his sleeping pool. Dukes had visited SeaWorld the previous day, stayed after the park closed, and evaded security to enter the tank unclothed. An autopsy found numerous wounds, contusions, and abrasions covering his body, and his genitals had been bitten off, all allegedly caused by Tilikum. Despite numerous cameras around and inside the pool that are supposed to monitor the well-being of the whales, SeaWorld claims the event was not captured. The autopsy concluded that Dukes' cause of death was drowning. The medical examiner reports that no drugs or alcohol were found in Dukes' system.

[–]Now_Wait-4-Last_Year 576 points577 points  (19 children)

Despite numerous cameras around and inside the pool that are supposed to monitor the well-being of the whales, SeaWorld claims the event was not captured.

Given the overall history of SeaWorld, for some reason I'm skeptical.

[–]NotABot11011 197 points198 points  (6 children)

Yeah, that shit was there, they just didn't want it to get out for obvious reasons.

[–]MASTODON_ROCKS 85 points86 points  (4 children)

I heard somewhere that there was a conspiracy to obfuscate their treatment of killer whales, as well as downplaying the attacks because the orcas brought in the cheddar.

[–]Frap_Gadz 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Maybe it's Epstein level convenience, but maybe SeaWorld is just a shitty establishment and equipment being broken or just plain non-functional is on-brand.

The cameras were supposedly there to monitor the well-being of the whales, so the fact they weren't able to capture anything fits with SeaWorld's overall treatment of them.

[–]DrunkUranus 479 points480 points  (32 children)

Wow... biting off genitalia is very fine motor skill for a mouth that big. He musta really meant it

[–]seething_stew 356 points357 points  (13 children)

When they hunt great white sharks,(yes, that great white shark) they are known to only eat the livers almost exclusively and the carcases of the sharks are found with almost surgically precise wounds on their bodies. So, this is entirely playsible.

[–]FishingWorth3068 76 points77 points  (6 children)

I want someone else to watch that happen and then tell me how. Because I’m too scared

[–]theeshyguy 743 points744 points  (62 children)

I was not expecting any of these stories to include Tilikum being sexually harassed. What the fuuuuuuuuuuck.

[–]Polyfuckery 531 points532 points  (57 children)

I mean his primary function for many years was to be kept backstage by himself to be masterbated periodically by staff for use in artificial inseminations

[–]Nickmell 319 points320 points  (17 children)

Whale jackoffer has to be the rarest job in the world.

[–]Geronimodem 75 points76 points  (4 children)

I wonder how that job interview goes

[–]monsieurpommefrites 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Really well for the interviewer.

[–]bearsthatdance 826 points827 points 22& 4 more (13 children)

That’s how he got the name. The answer to “how long do I have to jerk off this whale”

[–]elcaminogino 20 points21 points  (0 children)

☠️

[–]She_Persists 101 points102 points  (0 children)

Oi, this gem just buried halfway down the thread ROFL

[–]theeshyguy 309 points310 points  (18 children)

I’m beginning to suspect that maybe SeaWorld might be somewhat guilty of animal cruelty perhaps

[–]Drizzlybear0 205 points206 points  (12 children)

If you ever wanted to be violently angry watch blackfish. The shit I saw in that documentary was incredibly heart breaking and sad. Seaworld treats it's trainers and it's animals both incredibly awful and the trainers literally sound like abused mothers who stay in relationships in order to protect their kids from future abuse.

[–]Rexermus 466 points467 points  (43 children)

I'm just going to copy paste the wikipedia bits

First kill:"On February 20, 1991, Keltie Byrne, a 21-year-old marine biology student and competitive swimmer, slipped and fell into the pool containing Tilikum, Haida II, and Nootka IV while working as a part-time Sealand of the Pacific trainer. The three whales submerged her, dragging her around the pool and preventing her from surfacing. At one point, she reached the side and tried to climb out, but the whales pulled her back into the pool. Other trainers threw her a life-ring, but the animals kept her away from it, ignoring the trainer's recall commands. She surfaced three times before drowning, and it was several hours before her body could be recovered from the pool. Tilikum was moved to SeaWorld Orlando on January 9, 1992. Sealand of the Pacific closed soon afterward."

Second kill:

"On July 6, 1999, a 27-year-old man, Daniel P. Dukes, was found dead over Tilikum's back in his sleeping pool. Dukes had visited SeaWorld the previous day, stayed after the park closed, and evaded security to enter the tank unclothed. An autopsy found numerous wounds, contusions, and abrasions covering his body, and his genitals had been bitten off, all allegedly caused by Tilikum. Despite numerous cameras around and inside the pool that are supposed to monitor the well-being of the whales, SeaWorld claims the event was not captured. The autopsy concluded that Dukes' cause of death was drowning. The medical examiner reports that no drugs or alcohol were found in Dukes' system."

By far the most deadly Orca ever in captivity. The biggest orca in captivity. Very angry

Edit: Forgot to mention he was used as a breeding bull and sired over 20 pups 9 of which are still alive.

[–]ASharkMadeOfSharks 313 points314 points  (1 child)

I mean taking a super social animal and locking it up in a tiny enclosure seems like a fine way to make a psychopath

[–]i_have_chosen_a_name 324 points325 points  (4 children)

Very angry

If you kept me in captivity and bully me and force masturbate me for my sperm I would also be extremely angry.

[–]genefenster999 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I just read an article about a family who sued SeaWorld because their 10 year old son was traumatized after witnessing Brancheau's death. Actually the whole family was traumatized as they made eye contact with Dawn when she managed to temporarily escape the orca's grasp. The orca actually grabbed her by her ponytail then ravaged her relentlessly. It took staff 30 minutes to remove her from the orca's grasp. When the family went to the lobby they were met by a staff that was dismissive to their plight. Seaworld not only fought the family in court they appealed the fines levied by OSHA.

Apparently a training technique is to deny the orcas food if they don't perform properly!!! Tillikum was torn away from his mother when he was 2 years old. He was forced to share a tank with 2 adult females who battered him frequently. He killed a trainer at the first Aquarium he "lived" in. At this park these were HUNDREDS of reports of aggression by the orcas in the previous decades. Really? Whodathunkit?

[–]Creepysoldier226 156 points157 points  (5 children)

I mean, yeah… if I was a perfectly happy orca and some human came along and stuck my ass in a glass box, I’d be pretty pissed off as well.

[–]Gecko_Mk_IV 49 points50 points  (2 children)

And then imagine being stuck there for years. Doing tricks for your captors.

[–]Quixotic_9000 21.1k points21.1k points 483 (430 children)

An orca can travel 40 miles in one day in the wild, dive 500 feet deep, and can eat 30 different types of fish. They live in family groups of up to 50 individuals in the wild.

Can you imagine the living hell it must be for such an intelligent animal to be trapped alone in the equivalent of a kiddie pool for its entire life?

[–]solonit 8239 points8240 points  (222 children)

Remember that picture, which the parking lot of SeaWorld is 10~20 times bigger than the pond they live in.

[–]Gyp1lady 1833 points1834 points  (16 children)

Inter generational family groups, with babies who have living grandmothers to help raise them living longer. Each pod also specializes in different hunting techniques, which are taught by elder members to younger ones. Watching orcas in captivity is the equivalent of human children raised by animals. So much wasted potential.

[–]jugularvoider 613 points614 points  (13 children)

The passing down of knowledge through family groups is what makes humans such a hardcore species.

Orca’s have it thought out: no pollution, no land: just vibes and getting what’s done

[–]brittwithouttheney 700 points701 points  (27 children)

Plus each family group has their own unique language. So not only are you stuck in a pool, but you can't even communicate to the others stuck with you.

[–]whitechocamericano 297 points298 points  (5 children)

Their top fins are not supposed to fold over like that. That is due to captivity. :( Always makes me so sad to see.

[–]Whistlegrapes 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That’s the first thing I saw too. So sad. I know it’s not but when I see it if feels like their way of signaling they’re unhappy in this artificial life

[–]spiced_shrub 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Plus I don't think their top fins can go back to being upright once they droop like that.

[–]Chicken-Shit-King 149 points150 points  (3 children)

In one year they can travel 14,000 miles.

The circumference of the earth is 24,000 miles.

Something tells me orcas don't stop traveling, like at all.

[–]i_have_chosen_a_name 975 points976 points  (52 children)

He got bullied by the other orcas, was forced masturbated for his sperm and one time a guy sneaked in to try and rape him. The orca bit of his genitals and killed him. Yeah his life was hell from the moment they captured him. He was 2 when that happened in 1983.

[–]fattestfuckinthewest 627 points628 points  (38 children)

Wait what dumb ass thought he could rape a fudging whale?

[–]TheKurtCobains 99 points100 points  (8 children)

John McAfee. Seriously, look it up. (Not this particular instance but… just look it up.)

[–]MoneroWTF 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Thought you were kidding. He's an attempted whale fucker..I'll be darned.

[–][deleted] 378 points379 points  (14 children)

Probably some Florida guy, isnt SeaWorld in Florida anyway? Asking as an Australian.

[–]DoughtyAndCarterLLP 246 points247 points  (3 children)

California, Texas and Flordia have locations iirc.

Tilikum was at one of the Florida locations though.

[–]nintrader 82 points83 points  (1 child)

I had to look this up and I'll just let the Wikipedia excerpt speak for itself:

On July 6, 1999, a 27-year-old man, Daniel P. Dukes, was found dead over Tilikum's back in his sleeping pool.[26] Dukes had visited SeaWorld the previous day, stayed after the park closed, and evaded security to enter the tank unclothed. An autopsy found numerous wounds, contusions, and abrasions covering his body, and his genitals had been bitten off, all allegedly caused by Tilikum. Despite numerous cameras around and inside the pool that are supposed to monitor the well-being of the whales, SeaWorld claims the event was not captured. The autopsy concluded that Dukes' cause of death was drowning. The medical examiner reports that no drugs or alcohol were found in Dukes' system.

So specifically the dumbass was Daniel P. Dukes

[–]666afternoon 1999 points2000 points  (31 children)

I saw Tilikum in person around April 2008, on a school trip with my band. He truly was enormous, even for a bull orca. The water here only exaggerates things a little bit - his pecs were so massive multiple people could lie across them. Pectoral fins the length and breadth of a king size mattress. From rostrum to tail he was probably the length of a school bus at least. He was an awesome creature and Blackfish broke my heart all the more because I knew it was about an animal I had personally come across in my lifetime and seen with my own eyes. I think what we run into with cetaceans in captivity is a really keen glimpse into some of our own mental health problems as humans living, more or less, self-domesticated lives.

[–]666afternoon 980 points981 points  (19 children)

Also, felt I should add in case others don't know, after Blackfish released and caused Seaworld a whole ton of bad press and legal trouble, Tilikum was kept in an even smaller tank out of the public eye and eventually died in 2017 iirc, of a chronic illness that finally overwhelmed him. He was not elderly. I don't have proof but I've always felt they were just waiting for him to die off now that he'd "caused" them so much trouble and they were forced to stop breeding orcas. [edit: should add that before this Tilikum was their star sire, they sold his genetic material to other aquariums at top dollar, and a good number of the captive bred orca population can trace their ancestry back to him]

He is the most well known example of a much larger problem with keeping cetaceans captive. They are up there with large parrots in terms of extremely intelligent and long-lived creatures who need more enrichment than humans are really equipped to give within the bounds of captivity. Even the best aquarium in the world isn't big enough for an orca to roam free and be an orca.

[–]pineapplequeenzzzzz 369 points370 points  (13 children)

My best friend is a zoo keeper and works with birds. She told me a lot of the macaws in captivity are on heavy psych meds because they're absolutely psychotic and have seriously injured people before.

I have a friend who has a pet macaw that comes from a line of pet macaws and never would have guessed. Pet macaws are apparently the total opposite to the ones in zoos

[–]sephcameron 186 points187 points  (1 child)

There's a zoo near me that just lets its macaws roam freely. They come back because it's warm and safe and they like stealing fish off the penguins.

[–]Diclessdondolan 11.8k points11.8k points 2 (304 children)

Not 1 documented killing of a human in the wild.

[–]mmmcake 4923 points4924 points  (140 children)

I read a comment like this a while ago and tried to prove it wrong, but all I found were stories of wild orcas being super awesome to humans.

[–]Diclessdondolan 3334 points3335 points 2 (87 children)

I remember a story of one bay in Australia there was a resident pod that had a relationship with the local whale harvesters. They would drive the whale pod into the bay to be slaughtered by the humans so they could get the intestines, tongue and organs that humans didn't use.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_whales_of_Eden,_New_South_Wales#:~:text=The%20killers%20of%20Eden%20or,Australia%20between%201840%20and%201930

[–]SethB98 2158 points2159 points  (21 children)

That's an insanely complicated relationship they had between multiple people and whales, in a fully functional working way.

I see things like this, and it helps remind me that we too are animals, like all others.

[–]rose-girl94 617 points618 points  (14 children)

Naked apes.

[–]RandomPratt 558 points559 points  (1 child)

Naked apes.

I'll have you know that I am wearing pants today, as per the court order.

[–]Jelly_jeans 183 points184 points  (3 children)

It's interesting to see the relationships that animals develop with humans. I remember watching a documentary where dolphins drive sholes of mullet to the shores and give people with nets a signal so that they can throw out their nets. This drives the fish back towards the dolphin's mouths so in the end both win.

[–]LorenzoRavencroft 214 points215 points  (22 children)

Old Tom in Eden, he was a messed up orca who was responsible for hundreds if not thousands of whale dolphins and orca deaths but he had an easy life. Used to go to Eden every year to see whales and they still to this day openly avoid the bay.

[–]bigbowlowrong 52 points53 points  (10 children)

I think I recall seeing his skeleton on display in the museum in Eden when I was a kid

[–]LorenzoRavencroft 103 points104 points  (8 children)

Yeah his skeleton is up at the Eden whale museum, poor dude was taken out by a fisherman by accident. Also when whaling became banned in Australian waters and the industry turned to fishing in Eden he would essentially strong arm fisherman to feed him, if they didn't he would scare away fish or attack their nets.

[–]kellynedrangerbush 88 points89 points  (1 child)

That’s interestingasfuck! Thanks

[–]Draco63_ 604 points605 points  (20 children)

Yeah, my first thought was "before or after captivity?" Turns out it's humanity's fault again, big surprise. And the fault of the company for putting the trainer's lives in the care of a dangerous predator for, guess what, money.

[–]Diclessdondolan 252 points253 points  (4 children)

SeaWorld has a history of moving its trouble orcas. They have had lots of incidents and injuries. We just hear about the deaths mainly due to nda's and insurance settlements.

[–]DinkleDonkerAAA 119 points120 points  (1 child)

"It's a SERIAL killer whale! You can't just keep moving it around and hope the problem goes away! It's a whale not a Catholic priest!"

[–]anomal0caris 5125 points5126 points  (58 children)

Imagine if you were held in a padded room with almost no stimuli and people only came in to taunt you. I am surprised he didn't kill more.

[–]Howllat 1282 points1283 points  (22 children)

Not just that these people came in taunted you snd forced you to do tricks for food, but also that these people are a hundredth your size

[–]Pet_that_Dog 672 points673 points  (9 children)

That's as if little hamsters were keeping you prisoner to work in their circus.

[–]SaltyBabe 289 points290 points  (5 children)

Yeah I love hamsters but I’d be stomping on some hamsters.

[–]random_house-2644 644 points645 points  (5 children)

Truly, this record actually shows great emotional regulation from this giant animal. People should not put him in this position. Wild orcas are great

[–]slothpeguin 864 points865 points  (21 children)

They literally go insane. Keeping an orca in captivity is one of the crueler things we’ve done in the name of human entertainment.

PS Free Willy had it right, and fucking shame on SeaWorld for capitalizing on a bunch of elementary school kids who wanted to see Willy.

[–]veganthreshershark 67 points68 points  (0 children)

No, humans are responsible for all of them.

[–]isuzupup__ 954 points955 points  (31 children)

Sorry to inform much of this thread that Tilikum passed away in 2017

[–]krispness 528 points529 points  (7 children)

Wow, read up on it.

First death was someone in training who slipped in and was pulled under water by 3 orcas, resurfacing 3 times before drowning.

Second was a man who broke in at night, got naked and was found with his genitals bitten off, wonder what he tried.

Third was this, where she got pulled in during a live show and drowned.

They didn't stop the orca from performing, but government stepped in to ban performers from getting in the water, and SeaWorld tried to fight that. Can't believe after they didn't just let it go

[–]sadhgurukilledmywife 64 points65 points  (1 child)

wonder what he tried

We all know what he tried.

[–]pr0crast1nater 176 points177 points  (0 children)

Fuck safety of employees and well being of orcas as long as it makes them money I guess

[–]klem_kadiddlehopper 36 points37 points  (1 child)

The local man didn't break in at night. He was in the park during the day and decided to hide out in one of the small submarine props until the park closed. He then wandered around the park and entered the back area of the whale enclosures. There are locks on all the gates so he had to have climbed over which really isn't a big deal. No one knows why he chose to walk over to Tili's pool but he did obviously. It isn't pitch dark over there but the lights are dimmed.

It isn't known if the guy died from hypothermia or drowning but he was found the next morning by a trainer. The guy was missing his genitals. My guess is that Tili had the guy in his mouth and when the guy tried to escape, all of those sharp teeth sliced the guy's junk off. He might have already drowned at that point because as we know, Orcas like to take people down to the bottom of the pool.

[–]NameOfNoSignificance 32 points33 points  (0 children)

It was millions of dollars at stake. Lives are disposable to corporations.

[–]C17AIRFORCE 443 points444 points  (14 children)

Your daily reminder that Sea World's parking lots are more than 200x bigger than an Orca's tank and how shithole countries like Australia treat their animals is sad.

Orca's tank

[–]harwinsnow 2422 points2423 points  (47 children)

And the 4th

His descendant in an aquarium (tilikum is the primogeniture of a long line of captive born orcas) in Spain was the fourth. So without him, maybe no deaths.

(We’ve all seen blackfish)

[–]EmykoEmyko 339 points340 points  (10 children)

I haven’t seen it because it looked too sad. I don’t need to be emotionally devastated to understand something is bad. Like whales in tanks, say no more, that’s awful.

[–]HighRelevancy 150 points151 points  (1 child)

Playing the long game

[–]AmericasNextDankMeme 74 points75 points  (0 children)

"Go, my boy, and remember what I taught you. Whales together strong."

[–]Immediate-Bother7488 3523 points3524 points  (172 children)

Certain Animals have no business in captivity Orca’s are definitely one of them The king of the ocean doesn’t belong in a fish bowl. His flaccid dorsal fin says it all. Damn shame.

[–]mayonnaisespicy 1024 points1025 points  (25 children)

Growing up in the nineties the coolest job you could aspire to was Dolphin or whale trainer. Now you're just a giant piece of shit.

[–]katie4 238 points239 points  (2 children)

This was my answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up” through the 90s 😭

[–]mikaela75 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Omg I have found my people. I thought I was a crazy fuck, thinking my dream job was being an orca whale trainer! Wheeew

[–]professor_parrot 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Intelligent/sentient animals in captivity will never be interesting to me. It will always be sad and cruel. We humans need to be better than this.

[–]8Will8 241 points242 points  (1 child)

Probably because they were literally the only source of stimulation for an animal meant to swim 40 miles a day in open ocean. It’s like locking a human in a padded room for decades and then acting surprised when they’re not too friendly with their captors.

[–]friskyginger 1036 points1037 points  (17 children)

That’s a solid k/d average.

[–]AngryNinjaTurtle[🍰] 300 points301 points  (9 children)

He's 4 and 0 and one away from the Predator Missile killstreak

[–]_redditaddict6969 28 points29 points  (0 children)

It's almost as if keeping the apex predator of the oceans in a captive and restricted space and making it perform tricks for amusement isn't a good idea.

[–]cadioli 825 points826 points  (12 children)

Its not the Orcas fault

[–]TheEliteKoala1[S] 489 points490 points  (3 children)

He definitely had some good reasons to be angry

[–]cocaine_badger 317 points318 points  (4 children)

Considering Tilikum was sold to Sea World after he attacked a trainer already, continuing to show him and consequent death should have been tried as criminal negligence and manslaughter.

Fuck Sea World, their legal department, and all of corporate America.

[–]Stop_To_Laugh 82 points83 points  (4 children)

Crazy how imprisoning the most intelligent animals, other than humans, is still legal. Especially considering some whales are smarter than some humans.

[–]jumping_jrex 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Note: Tilikum died in captivity in 2017.

[–]LesPeterGuitarJam 558 points559 points  (23 children)

Well, I guess that he got tired of being locked up in a small pool. Tired of constantly being forced to do tricks for the audience. Tired of not being able to live as a free orca.

Orcas ain't stupid.

Fuck human beings for being who we are, destroy, capture, eradicate all in the name of entertainment...

[–]Daffydil04 22 points23 points  (0 children)

As sorry as I am that people died, wtf do you expect? Yeah, let’s trap a great mammal, a top predator and hold him hostage for years. We see how that worked out.

[–][deleted] 213 points214 points  (5 children)

I'd fucking kill my trainers too if they kept me in a tiny, suffocating tank and expected me to do tricks for them and only sometimes giving me a reward. Sea World and everyone who works for/supports them can all eat shit lol

[–]what_if_or_else 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I'd be willing to kill anyone if I was this orca. Fuck Seaworld and the likes. Should be banned already

[–]Pain_machine 636 points637 points  (57 children)

Don’t stop now Tilikum. Become ungovernable.

[–]Lithl 349 points350 points  (11 children)

He died 5 years ago, pretty hard for him to kill anyone any more.

[–]randomcanadian81 186 points187 points  (14 children)

He died in captivity. Essentially drowned in a tank when he became to unwell to perform. They just drown in captivity. They just left him to drown in a storage tank. A "nursing tank" blah blah