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Beloved SeaWorld Orca & Blackfish Documentary Subject Tilikum Passes Away At 36 — Read The Sad, Furious Fan Responses

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What a sad day for those who adored Tilikum.

On Friday morning, SeaWorld made the unfortunate announcement that the beloved and infamous orca had passed away at age 36 from a "complicated bacterical infection" in his lungs.

Fans first learned the sea creature was ill in spring of 2016.

Related: Ex SeaWorld Trainer Says SeaWorld Cares Little About Their Whales

As we previously reported, Tilikum was at the center of the anti-SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, which exposed the cruelties of capturing and raising killer whales in captivity. The unfortunate orca was the perfect subject as he was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and had lived in marine parks ever since.

The moving doc also honed in on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the park who died after Tilikum pulled her under the water and fatally drowned her during a live performance. The tragedy spurred SeaWorld to ban trainers from performing with orcas as well as a national conversation on poaching whales from the wild for entertainment purposes.

In the statement announcing Tilikum's death, SeaWorld also mentioned Dawn, writing:

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AWFUL! Footage Shows Stressed SeaWorld Orca Banging Head Over And Over Against Enclosure!

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This is so infuriating!

An orca (AKA killer whale) at an aquatic attraction in the Canary Islands was captured on video in distress, banging its head against the enclosure as it tried to escape its small confinement.

Ric O'Barry's organization, Dolphin Project, captured the video (above) at Loro Parque, an attraction in the Spanish island territory just off the coast of Africa, and it shows some distressing moments.

Related: Blackfish's Documentary Subject Is Dying!

The attraction apparently has six orca whales on premises, all of which are owned by SeaWorld. Four were sent there to breed, while one was born at the park, and the sixth was rescued from the wild.

It's that sixth whale — named Morgan — that O'Barry's activists believe is the one banging its head against the enclosure wall in the video.

Activists contend that she is stressed and scared in her enclosure, with one citing a study that observed her having trouble with a larger, more aggressive male orca that is affecting her quality of life:

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SeaWorld's Famous Killer Whale Tilikum — Subject Of The Documentary Blackfish — Is Dying!

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This breaks our heart!

SeaWorld has announced one of the park's most popular killer whales is close to death.

On Tuesday, representatives from the marine park say Tilikum — the whale who was the subject of CNN's documentary Blackfish — has a bad bacterial infection.

Related: Endangered Baby Dolphin Killed After Tourists Passed It Around For Selfies

Over the past few weeks, the Orca has become "resistant to treatment" for a possible infection in his lungs, and has exhibited increasingly "lethargic" behavior.

The park issued the following statement about Tilikum's health:

"We are saddened to report that over the past few weeks, Tilikum's behavior has become increasingly lethargic, and the SeaWorld veterinary and animal care teams are concerned that his health is beginning to deteriorate. The suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found."

The roughly 35-year-old animal has lived at SeaWorld for 23 years, captured from his wild family when he was just two years old.

Related: SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows!

During his captivity, the whale has been involved in at least three human deaths — including the 2010 death of park trainer Dawn Brancheau, who one day was pulled into the water by Tilikum and aggressively played with until she died.

After Dawn's death, Tilikum was isolated from the rest of the whales, but kept at the center of SeaWorld's artificial insemination program — he's fathered 21 of the park's calves, only half of which are still alive today.

Though it sounds like the orca won't make it, some have not given up hope.

Check out the video (below) to hear SeaWorld's medical experts discuss Tilikum's treatment:

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Sea Lion Pup Found Sleeping In A Booth At A Restaurant — Get The Cute But Sad Deets HERE!

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This is cute — but sad!

A sea lion pup was found sleeping in the booth of a restaurant in San Diego on Thursday morning, badly dehydrated and needing help!

Related: More Sea Lion Stories HERE!

The pup was found at the Marine Room restaurant just before employees opened up, so they called Sea World, who came and rescued the 8-month old girl.

She weighed just 20 pounds, which is about half of what the animal should weigh at that age — and even though she's really, REALLY cute (below), you can tell she needs help:

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Here's A Picture Of Blake Lively Holding A Live Seagull

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Blake Lively holds a seagull on set.

Blake Lively — animal wrangler!

Who knew the actress could handle a live animal without freaking out? Especially a bird prone to major wing flappage?

Related: Martha Stewart Speaks Out About Blake's Failed Lifestyle Brand

She's definitely earning that paycheck on the set of (we're guessing) The Shallows, a film about a woman stuck on a buoy and being circled by a great white shark in the middle of the ocean.

She wrote:

"NO: This is not the opening scene in Dumb & Dumber YES: That is a real Seagull"

We don't know how a seagull comes into play, but maybe Blake has to resort to eating it or something. Or maybe she ties a little note on the seagull's foot and sends it for help!

What would YOU do with a seagull you caught while stuck on a buoy, Perezcious readers???

But if she's not on that movie set and she's just randomly holding a sea bird, then we give up, tbh.

[Image via Blake Lively Instagram]

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SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows! But Was This Their Decision Or The Law Forcing Their Hand..?

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Finally!

According to an investor's webcast that took place on Monday afternoon, SeaWorld is phasing out their orca shows at their San Diego location after guests responded strongly over the past several years.

Related: Tourist Pays $60,000 To Kill One Of The Biggest Elephants In Zimbabwe

An unnamed park representative, speaking on the webcast for investors, said of the decision to cut back on the park's killer whale shows:

"The main point is we are listening to our guests. We are evolving as a company, we are always changing."

While the park can say they are listening to their guests, this news may actually be in direct response to recent changes of the law in California.

Congressman Adam Schiff recently announced that he's going to introduce

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