Due to a lot of recent media coverage, many people are talking about Tilikum but not all of these people are good at identifying whales (some of them have no need to be of course). So here’s a quick list of some of the most common photos I see with Tilikum’s name wrongly attached.
This image has often been used with Tilikum’s name attached, including a few times on Instagram recently. This is in fact Kandu VII, an orca who lived at Marineland Canada until his death in 2005. I searched and searched for a source for this photo but there’s so many versions of it on the web that it was impossible. If this is your photo please message me so I can credit you properly.
The photo above is another often used for Tilikum, this one is actually Kyuquot (Ky for short) who lives at SeaWorld San Antonio and is in fact Tilikum’s first offspring, so there is some resemblance. Again I searched for ages for a source of this photo but there’s so many versions of it online that it was impossible. If this is your photo please message me so I can credit you properly.
There are many points in Blackfish where footage of another orca is substituted for Tilikum. I have something planned which documents this, so I won’t go into details here but I have seen a few people talk about this image used on some of the posters for Blackfish:This is actually Keiko, not Tilikum as frequently stated.
These are some of the more common ones, I’ll probably do a second part for this another time.
Thanks to stealth-whale, aaronflybox & lost-in-simblrbrooke for helping double check IDs.
I didn’t even realize the Blackfish poster wasn’t Tilikum until now! Way to go, producers…