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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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Leave It To Harry Styles To Take Down SeaWorld! Did His Diss This Summer Hurt The Public's Perception Of SeaWorld Even More??

Harry Styles, the dolphin defender.

All signs point to yes.

Back in July, Harry Styles was on tour with One Direction, and during their San Diego show, he let out a quick quip against SeaWorld – alluding to the animal abuse allegations that were raised in the documentary Blackfish.

[ Related: Harry Takes ANOTHER Fall On Stage! ]

At one point in the middle of the concert, Harry addressed the audience:

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Barbie Is So Over SeaWorld — Mattel Pulls Animal Trainer Dolls From Shelves!

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Barbie is an independent woman who doesn't need no man! And it looks like the doesn't need SeaWorld any longer either!

That's because the Mattel mainstay has officially quit her job as a whale trainer at the controversial aquarium chain.

The toy giant announced on Wednesday that they would no longer be making Barbie's SeaWorld Wildlife Rescuer Doll following all of the public backlash Shamu's captive's have been facing ever since Blackfish came out.

Following the decision, SeaWorld released as statement, saying:

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Simpsons Co-Creator Helps Blackfish Car Afford Entering The Talladega Race!

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The Simpsons co-creator helps Blackfish car afford to get into NASCAR! Welcome to Talladega!

Thanks to The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon, Former NASCAR driver Leilani Munter is going to take her Blackfish car racing!

One of the only reasons she's even going to be able to enter her car in Talladega at all is because Sam helped her raise the massive $115,000 entry fee for the race.

Leilani was on Sam's radio show last week, taking about her car and how she's an orca-activist. He was apparently so moved by her that he

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Former SeaWorld Trainer Says SeaWorld Cares Only The Bare Minimum About Their Whales


A large corporation only really cares about the bottom line? It's all about the money? Realllllly??

Yeah… not much of a shocker here.

A former SeaWorld trainer, Kim Ashdown, who also starred in the cruelty exposing documentary Blackfish, opened up about what it was like to work at SeaWorld and the lies they were told.

She said:

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PETA Gets NYC Restaurant To Cancel SeaWorld's 50th Anniversary Party

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PETA helped get SeaWorld's 50th anniversary party canceled!!

This is so incredible.

It looks like real change might be heading for SeaWorld!

Pretty much the whole world has turned their backs on the park ever since the release of the documentary Blackfish.

The latest blow to SeaWorld is

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SeaWorld Rigged A Poll After Blackfish Backlash?!

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Something smells fishy!

There's been HUGE backlash against SeaWorld after the release of the gruesome Blackfish, documenting the mistreatment of whales throughout their 39-year history….

….so why would 99% of viewers say "no" when asked whether the flick changed their perception of the park??!

After further investigation, The Orlando Business Journal discovered that nearly 54 percent of 328 votes cast on their online poll between December 31 and January 2 actually came from

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