Sad news to report out of SeaWorld today as the park has announced the passing of Tilikum.
SeaWorld announced that the whale passed away early Friday morning surrounded by SeaWorld veterinarians and staff.
SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby issued a statement saying “Tilikum had, and will continue to have, a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” said President & CEO of SeaWorld Joel Manby.
“My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”
Tilikum had been battling a bacterial lung infection last year SeaWorld announced and was showing signs of improving.
SeaWorld has not yet announced the cause of his death. We will keep you posted.