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One last play, Grandpa by Nimkish One last play, Grandpa by Nimkish
Tilikum and his grandson Trua playing with their favorite toys in the early morning light.

My Tribute Journal to Tilikum: fav.me/dauh1yu

It was a joy to watch Trua playing with his Grandfather. They were so sweet together and I'm glad Tilikum got to spend the last few years with him. Trua will be the most negatively affected from the loss, so I hope he copes well.

They liked the 'kelp' toys. Tilikum particularly liked it with the floating ball attached. He would carry the rope and when he was swimming, the ball would bounce along his body, pecs and belly like a massage.

RIP Tilikum.

Some sweet videos:
Tilikum and Trua playing with their toys: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V25ff7…
Tilikum giving himself a massage with his floating ball kelp toy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF76Xj…
Trua mimicking his Grandpa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hq6z6…
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scorchwillow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student
I loved seeing them doing this, and you captured it so well.
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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scorchwillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Student
You're very welcome! 
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:iconstrawberry-loupa:
Strawberry-Loupa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017   Digital Artist
Woa :heart:
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thanks! :heart:
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   General Artist
A beautiful tribute. I feel so bad for Trua, hopefully he does ok. :( 
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Trua still has plenty of other pals there, I'm sure he will be fine! Thanks! :heart:
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017   General Artist
Oh that's so good to hear! :) 
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BingoRock16 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Filmographer
Wonderful Tribute Heart 
RIP Tili Big Boy Really Sad 
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thanks :heart:
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SeleneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Such a beautiful picture! I can almost feel the care and playfulness coming from it.
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thanks! :heart:
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:iconbestial-me:
bestial-me Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Why is Tilikums dorsal fin disfigured? 
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thanks!
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albino-orca Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2017
If you mean why it is bent over, it's because killer whales' dorsal fins are made of cartilage, just like our ears. At 6 feet tall, a male's dorsal fin needs water pressure around it to stay upright. Since captive orca spend a lot of time at the surface or on slide-outs, their fin is exposed to the warm air and doesn't get the support that a wild orca's fin would from deep water (and usually only surfacing to breathe, rather than resting a the surface most of the day). So, the fin simply slumps over. Medically it doesn't harm them, but it is a sad sight.
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bestial-me Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
I sort of asked it as a rhetorical question.  Its a lovely art piece though.
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Writer
Tili and Trua. They were always fun to watch together.
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Professional Writer
You're very welcome. Wonderful tribute to Tili :)
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Aktasak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful, a touching tribute to an amazing whale.
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconsick-victorian:
Sick-Victorian Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful tribute to him. :heart:
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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CetaceanCreations Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017   Digital Artist
Love This!!! Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconcetaceancreations:
CetaceanCreations Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017   Digital Artist
Welcome! :)
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:iconninuturu:
Ninuturu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Both Trua and Malia, we spend much time with Malia his last few weeks
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
I'm sure Malia and Trua will become close now. Thanks! :heart:
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Dj-Luka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This melted, warmed, and broke my heart all at the same time! 
A lovely piece as always, Nim!!!
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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CobraCatDragon2898 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:cries: :cry: :crying: Cry forever Cry run 
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
:heart:
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Sinfirmitas Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You captured them beautifully.
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thanks! :heart:
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Aleksi-Ann Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is soooo heartwarming, I recognized who it was right away ❤️ Your water webbing is super pretty, as always
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Nimkish Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
Thanks <3
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OrkyDorky Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thats so cute ;;And sad
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:iconnimkish:
Nimkish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
Thanks!
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OrkyDorky Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob love
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