700 people at whale funeral


Around 700 people have attended a memorial service for Keiko, the killer whale star of the Free Willy films who died last month.

The memorial, which took place at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, involved a service in which fans lit candles and watched Free Willy films.

Keiko was rescued from a Mexico City public aquarium in 1993 and rehabilitated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He was airlifted to Iceland in 1998 and taught to catch fish before being released in 2002. Upon release he swam 870 miles to Norway where he had been a popular attraction ever since.

The whale died of pneumonia aged 27. Killer whales usually live until they are in their mid 30s.