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Tilikum was a very well-known captive orca, he really lived up to his killer whale title in his lifetime in captivity. He was born in 1981, and when he was just two years old, he was captured in Iceland. A year later he was moved to a Sealand park in British Columbia. Tilikum died in early 2017, aged just 36 which is under half a killer whale's typical lifespan in the wild. However, this is pretty normal for captive whales as the average age of death for orcas at SeaWorld is just 13.
The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide for its beauty and incredible wildlife, however it isn’t doing so well anymore. There have been posts on very popular social media sites claiming the reef is dead but these articles are incorrect; it is dying, but it’s not quite dead yet. The point of this piece of writing is to try and inform others of some of the reef's biggest threats and to inspire others to spread their knowledge of the world.