- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 12:17PM
Tilikum has been held captive at SEAWORLD for 23 years. The orca became a household name after the 'Blackfish' documentary and is now fighting for his life.
Officials at the ocean attraction have revealed the 35-year-old whale has become lethargic and his health is deteriorating. Staff are currently treating Tilikum for what they believe is a bacterial infection, but his condition isn't improving.
The statement was far from optimistic, saying, "Our veterinarians are focused on managing his illness in a way that makes him comfortable and creates an enriching life."
In hid 23 years of captivity at Seaworld Tilkum has reportedly killed three people, two trainers in 1991 and 2010 and a man who entered the enclosure after hours in 1999.
Watch the 'Blackfish' trailer to understand how much keeping a whale in captivity affects it's mental stability.