On Thursday, SeaWorld announced an historic decision to end breeding in its captive orca program. While the change is a huge step forward for SeaWorld, it remains to be seen whether the park really has changed its stripes — and it looks like SeaWorld is still lying about its orcas’ health.
Following last week’s news that its most famous orca, Tilikum, was ailing due to a supposed lung infection, the park released a PR video about his current condition. In it, SeaWorld blames the marine park it purchased Tilikum from for his famously damaged teeth, which have broken off into tiny stubs.
“Tili came from Sealand of the Pacific,” Kelly Flaherty Clark, SeaWorld’s director of animal training, says in the clip. “His teeth, they looked a lot like they do today. They needed to be cared for. So we started caring for his teeth as soon as he would allow us to train that behavior.”