Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Keiko, star of 'Free Willy' movies, dies in Norway

celebrity > deaths
"Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the 'Free Willy' movies, has died in Norwegian coastal waters where he remained after millions of dollars and a decade of work failed to coax him back to the open sea, his caretakers said early today."

Apparently the whale was used to human companionship and would not return to the wild... I found this, somehow, enormously sad:

...Keiko was released from Iceland in July 2002, but swam straight for Norway on an 870-mile trek that seemed to be a search for human companionship...
via Baloney

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