Killer Whale Tilikum Kills Trainer Dawn Brancheau, at Sea World, Florida

by the Left Coast Rebel

A very sad story today, a trainer named Dawn Brancheau in Orlando's Sea World was killed by one of the killer whales that are exhibited for shows at the theme park. Tilikum, the largest whale at the theme park, suddenly grabbed Brancheau during a show and then pulled her underwater and killed her. This is a terribly tragic story and my heart goes out to this woman and her family. My mind though turns to a very bizarre aspect of this story. That being that Tilikum, the killer whale was no stranger to violence against humans. How in the world did SeaWorld let this slip by? The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Tilikum has been involved in two previous deaths. He was one of three whales blamed for the 1991 drowning of a trainer while he performed at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia.

In 1999, the dead body of a naked man was found lying across Tilikum's back at SeaWorld Orlando. Investigators concluded that the man, who had sneaked into the park after hours or hidden there until it closed, likely drowned after suffering hypothermia in the 55-degree water. They also said Tilikum appeared to have bitten the man and torn off his swimming trunks, perhaps thinking he was a toy.

In 2005, a trainer received minor injuries when an "overly excited" whale bumped the trainer during a performance, park officials said.

Via Memeorandum


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