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A Killer Whale, The So-Called Taku, Dies At San Antonio Sea World


An orca, or killer whale, has died unexpectedly today at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. This whale was called Taku.

Taku is an interesting name for this whale. Gyotaku is a Japanese art form where an impression in paper made over a dead fish in order to preserve an image of the fish. In this way, fishermen could prove how big a catch they had made to others. It is also practiced by some as an art form.

The photo above is gyotaku art. Gyo means “fish” and taku means “rubbing or “impression.”  

Of course, gyotaku is not what Sea World is doing with the deceased so-called Taku. Everybody already knows that Sea World puts huge killer whales in little tanks. Nothing to prove on that account. 

Please click here for a previous Texas Liberal post on what is done with Shamu whales when they die at Sea World.

Please click here for a post on when a Shamu attacked her handler.    

Since you’re at a political blog, please click here for a great article on helping America’s middle classes. We’ve got to find a way to help people live decent lives in the Global Economy.

October 19, 2007 - Posted by | Art, Sea Life, Texas | , , , , , ,


  1. R.I.P Taku
    For those of us who got to know you
    You touched in many emotional ways
    Im so glad I got to spend time with you in
    Your last few months.
    May your spirit live on forever

    Comment by Kaylee | November 7, 2007

  2. Poor Taku!!!! Oh gosh I loved that whale. He touched my lives in so many ways.

    Comment by Suzy | February 25, 2008

  3. […] Please click here for my post on the death last year of Taku the killer whale at San Antonio Sea ….  […]

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  4. Poor Taku!! He was so sweet. SeaWorld does not put killer whales in little “tanks”! They are an adequate size and mammals live in pools not tanks by the way. Just to let you know.

    Comment by Shelby | July 13, 2008

  5. Taku should have lived in the ocean.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 13, 2008

  6. What r u stupid He was BORN IN CAPTIVITY.. he died of Pnuemonia.. it happens get over it

    Comment by sandy | October 22, 2008

  7. Sounds like a great life for that whale.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 22, 2008

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