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What should happen to Tilikum?

An orca that had been involved in two previous deaths attacked and killed a trainer at Orlando SeaWorld on Wednesday. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  February 25, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It breaks my heart to think about these captive animals. I was recently in the Florida Keys and saw captive dolphins and all the tourists thought they were so cute. They, like the orcas, are highly intelligent, social animals who travel in family groups. I cannot imagine how such a warping of its natural life affects such beautiful creatures, but it can't be good. I'm torn between wanting Tillicum to be released to the wild, where he probably would not be successful as he's never learned anything about how to live free but at least, he would have some days/weeks?/months? of freedom before he succumbed to the difficulties of living by himself. Not being a scientist, I don't know if he would ever be accepted into another pod, so I don't know what is best for him. I just hope that this practice of keeping these very large sea creatures in captivity ends. it's far too isolating and unnatural for them. We can learn about them just fine on TV, or in nature. I hate that we need to be "entertained" by them. They have a right to live the life they were meant to live - they were not created to entertain us.

Posted by: mona1950 | February 25, 2010 11:17 AM

how come no one has mentioned pure and simple sex? I've read about male dolphins and their aggression around female trainers. Couldn't this have been a simple display of jealousy by the male mammal. Especially if the female trainer were exuding any type of phermones.

Posted by: timeforanewone | February 25, 2010 2:19 PM

Why are we shocked that a killer whale killed something?

Posted by: maurban | February 25, 2010 4:18 PM

Free Willy! And Shamu! And Tilikum!

Posted by: kbockl | February 25, 2010 4:41 PM

The picture of the trainer in her wet suit made her look a lot like a seal. Orcas eat seals. Maybe trainers should try to look less appetizing.

Posted by: pundito | February 25, 2010 4:43 PM

I think they should eat him.

Posted by: bendan2000 | February 25, 2010 7:34 PM

Release him to Nancy Pelosi's office.

Posted by: jfv123 | March 1, 2010 3:33 PM

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