While orca attacks on humans in the wild are rare, and no fatal attacks have been recorded, as of 2019 four humans have died due to interactions with captive orcas.
Tilikum was involved in three of those deaths.
Do Killer whales attack humans in the wild?
Killer whales (or orcas) are powerful predators capable of killing leopard seals and great white sharks. They have also been recorded preying on usually terrestrial species such as moose swimming between islands. In the wild, there have been no fatal attacks on humans and only one reported bite.
Why did Dawn Brancheau die?
Is Shamu dead?
She was the fourth orca ever captured, and the second female. She was caught in October 1965 and died in August, 1971 after about six years of performance. After her death, the name Shamu continued to be used in SeaWorld “Shamu” shows for different orcas in different SeaWorld parks.
Does SeaWorld still have killer whales?
On March 17, 2016, SeaWorld announced the end of their breeding program, which signifies the last generation of orcas in captivity in their care, though Takara was still pregnant at the time. Theatrical orca shows ended at SeaWorld San Diego in 2017 and will end in Orlando and San Antonio in 2019.