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Whale kills trainer as horrified spectators watch

Whale kills trainer as horrified spectators watch

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writer 6 mins ago

ORLANDO, Fla. – A SeaWorld killer whale snatched a trainer from a poolside platform Wednesday in its jaws and thrashed the woman around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience. It marked the third time the animal had been involved in a human death.


Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium immediately, and the park was closed.


Trainer Dawn Brancheau, 40, was one of the park's most experienced. Her sister said Brancheau wouldn't want anything done to the whale that killed her because she loved the animals like children.


Brancheau was rubbing Tilikum after a noontime show when the 12,000-pound whale grabbed her and pulled her in, said Chuck Tompkins, head of animal training at all SeaWorld parks. It was not clear if she drowned or died from the thrashing.


Because of his size and the previous deaths, trainers were not supposed to get into the water with Tilikum, and only about a dozen of the park's 29 trainers worked with him. Brancheau had more experience with the 30-year-old whale than most.


"We recognized he was different," Tompkins said. He said no decision has been made yet about what will happen to Tilikum, such as transfering him to another facility.


A retired couple from Michigan told The Associated Press that they were among some stragglers in the audience who had stayed to watch the animals and trainers.
Eldon Skaggs, 72, said Brancheau's interaction with the whale appeared leisurely and informal at first. But then the whale "pulled her under and started swimming around with her," he said.


Skaggs said an alarm sounded and staff rushed the audience out of the stadium as workers scrambled around with nets.


Skaggs said he heard that during an earlier show the whale was not responding to directions. Others who attended the earlier show said the whale was behaving like an ornery child.


The couple left and didn't find out until later that the trainer had died.
"We were just a little bit stunned," said Skaggs' wife, Sue Nichols, 67.
Another audience member, Victoria Biniak, told WKMG-TV the whale "took off really fast in the tank, and then he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing around, and one of her shoes flew off."


Two other witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the whale grabbed the woman by the upper arm and tossed her around in its mouth while swimming rapidly around the tank. Brazilian tourist Joao Lucio DeCosta Sobrinho and his girlfriend were at an underwater viewing area when they suddenly saw a whale with a person in its mouth.


The couple said they watched the whale show at the park two days earlier and came back to take pictures. But on Wednesday the whales appeared agitated.


"It was terrible. It's very difficult to see the image," Sobrinho said.
A SeaWorld spokesman said Tilikum was one of three orcas blamed for killing a trainer in 1991 after the woman lost her balance and fell in the pool at Sealand of the Pacific near Victoria, British Columbia.


Steve Huxter, who was head of Sealand's animal care and training department then, said Wednesday he's surprised it happened again. He says Tilikum was a well-behaved, balanced animal.



Tilikum was also involved in a 1999 death, when the body of a man who had sneaked by SeaWorld security was found draped over him. The man either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water and died of hypothermia, though he was also bruised and scratched by Tilikum.



Later Wednesday, SeaWorld in San Diego also suspended its killer whale show. It was not clear if the killer whale show has been suspended at SeaWorld's San Antonio location, which is closed until the weekend.



According to a profile of Brancheau in the Sentinel in 2006, she was one of SeaWorld Orlando's leading trainers. It was a trip to SeaWorld at age 9 that made her want to follow that career path. Dawn was the youngest of six children who grew up near Cedar Lake, Ind.



"I remember walking down the aisle (of Shamu Stadium) and telling my mom, 'This is what I want to do,'" she said in the article.



Brancheau worked her way into a leadership role at Shamu Stadium during her career with SeaWorld, starting at the Sea Lion & Otter Stadium before spending 10 years working with killer whales, the newspaper said.
She also addressed the dangers of the job.



"You can't put yourself in the water unless you trust them and they trust you," Brancheau said.



Brancheau's older sister, Diane Gross, said the trainer "would not want anything done to that whale."



The trainer was married and didn't have children.



"She loved the whales like her children, she loved all of them," said Gross, of Schererville, Ind. "They all had personalities, good days and bad days."
Gross said the family viewed her sister's death as an unfortunate accident, adding: "It just hasn't sunk in yet."



Steve McCulloch, founder and program manager at the Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program at Harbor Branch/Florida Atlantic University, said the whale may have been playing, but it is too early to tell.
"I wouldn't jump to conclusions," he said. "These are very large powerful marine mammals. They exhibit this type of behavior in the wild.



Tompkins, the SeaWorld head trainer, said of the whale: "We have no idea what was going through his head."



Mike Wald, a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Atlanta, said his agency had dispatched an investigator from Tampa.



Wednesday's death was not the first attack on whale trainers at SeaWorld parks.



In November 2006, a trainer was bitten and held underwater several times by a killer whale during a show at SeaWorld's San Diego park.



The trainer, Kenneth Peters, escaped with a broken foot. The 17-foot orca that attacked him was the dominant female of SeaWorld San Diego's seven killer whales. She had attacked Peters two other times, in 1993 and 1999.
In 2004, another whale at the company's San Antonio park tried to hit one of the trainers and attempted to bite him. He also escaped.



Wednesday's attack was the second time in two months that an orca trainer was killed at a marine park. On Dec. 24, 29-year-old Alexis Martinez Hernandez fell from a whale and crushed his ribcage at Loro Parque on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Park officials said the whale, a 14-year-old named Keto, made an unusual move as the two practiced a trick in which the whale lifts the trainer and leaps into the air.
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Associated Press writers Lisa Orkin Emmanuel, Laura Wides-Munoz and David Fischer in Miami, Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg and Jeremy Hainsworth in Vancouver, British Columbia, contributed to this report.
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Whales DON'T belong in parks.
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ummm... killer whales are smart, bad tempered, KILLER animals (thats why they are called killer whales because they kill things, usually seals, for food and sometimes fun) and really should not be used in shows like this. it is a danger to human life. and this particular whale seems have had a problem...

i dont think the whale needs to be "put down" but killer animals and "Tricks" should NEVER be mixed. these kinds of shows should be stopped, they are dangerous and pointless.

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Whales DON'T belong in parks.
definately not KILLER whales... what with the killerness and all..

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Whales DON'T belong in parks.
A killer whale is a dolphin though

Anyway RIP to the poor trainer.
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okay so this whale has killed 3 people? i love whales as much as the next guy, and also i dont think they should be in captivity in the first place, but it is def time to give this whale a shotgun blast to the face

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ummm... killer whales are smart, bad tempered, KILLER animals (thats why they are called killer whales because they kill things, usually seals, for food and sometimes fun) and really should not be used in shows like this. it is a danger to human life. and this particular whale seems have had a problem...

i dont think the whale needs to be "put down" but killer animals and "Tricks" should NEVER be mixed. these kinds of shows should be stopped, they are dangerous and pointless.
actually they're called orchas
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I think all these people who gets killed by wild animals in the parks deserves it, it has happened a lot. These animals are NOT supposed to be put there in the first place anyway.
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I think all these people who gets killed by wild animals in the parks deserves it, it has happened a lot. These animals are NOT supposed to be put there in the first place anyway.
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Thought this was some interesting info:

Note: From Wikipedia (which is a useful although somewhat dubious)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilikum...ale%29#Tilikum

Tilikum, sometimes misspelled Tillikum, is a bull Orca who lives at SeaWorld Orlando. He was captured near Iceland in November 1983 at about two years of age. Tillikum measures 22 feet 6 inches long and weighs in at 12,300 pounds (as of 2007). His pectoral fins are six and one half feet long, his massive flukes curl under, and his 6-foot-tall dorsal fin is flopped completely to his left side, and weighs close to 200 pounds. He is the largest Orca in captivity and also the most successful sire in captivity, with 13 offspring, 10 of which are still alive. His name means friend in Chinook Jargon, usually spelled Tillicum and also meaning "people/tribe" or "kin".

Tillikum was first sent to live at Sealand of the Pacific near Victoria, British Columbia. There, he lived with two older females named Haida II and Nootka IV. While living in British Columbia, Tilikum sired his first calf when he was about eight or nine years old. His first son, Kyuquot, was born to Haida II on December 24, 1991. Just a few months prior to the birth of Kyuquot, Tilikum was involved in an incident which resulted in the death of a trainer. Twenty-year-old Keltie Byrne, who worked at the park, slipped and fell into the tank with the whales. Tillikum, a pregnant Haida II, and Nootka IV grabbed her in their mouths and tossed her to each other, presumably playing. Keltie drowned. The orcas had never had humans in the water with them before. Haida II and Nootka IV were overprotective of the newborn calf and aggressive towards Tillikum, who was forced into the small medical pool. Because of his huge size, Seaworld requested an emergency transfer to their facility. Tilikum was moved to SeaWorld Orlando, Florida in January 9, 1992; he has been there ever since. Sealand of the Pacific closed soon thereafter.

Since his arrival at SeaWorld, Tilikum has sired many calves with many different females. His first calf, born in Orlando, was to Katina. Katina gave birth to Taku on September 9, 1993. Tillikum's other calves are: Nyar (born 1993, died 1996), Unna (1996), Sumar (1998), Tuar (1999), Tekoa (2000), Nakai (2001), Kohana (2002), Ikaika (2002), Skyla (2004), and Malia (2007). In 1999, Tillikum began training for artificial insemination (AI). In early 2000, Kasatka who resides at SeaWorld San Diego was artificially inseminated using his sperm. She gave birth to Tillikum's son, Nakai, on September 1, 2001. On May 3, 2002, another female in San Diego, named Takara, bore Tilikum's calf through artificial insemination.

Tilikum was at the scene of another death on July 6, 1999, though evidence suggests the Orca may not have been at fault. A 27-year-old man was found floating naked in Tilikum’s pool, apparently killed by a combination of hypothermia and drowning. He had visited SeaWorld the previous day, stayed after the park closed, and evaded security to enter the Orca tank.[34] Investigators determined that the man, either before or after death, had been bitten by Tillikum.

Tilikum never takes part in water work with trainers, not necessarily due to aggression, but because he doesn't necessarily realize his own strength.[citation needed] Tilikum is the feature of the show "Believe" where the audience and trainers chant "Shamu" as Tillikum soaks the audience.[35]

On February 24th, 2010 Tilikum was involved in a third incident, when a 40-year-old experienced trainer was killed. The trainer drowned following a popular Dine with Shamu show as at least two dozen tourists looked on from above a whale tank and from an underwater viewing area. SeaWorld executive Chuck Tompkins confirmed what witnesses saw, that the trainer was pulled into the water by Tilikum. The trainer was finishing up a session with Tilikum, the largest whale in SeaWorld's collection and its only mature male, following the Dine with Shamu show."

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In another article, it states that it is captive killer whales not only are more susceptible to physical deformities, but those that were not born into captivity display more aggression to people and other whales. This is due to the stress of living in a small tank.

Those born into captivity also have problems, such as having a low life span.

Maybe orcas are not suitable for these environments at all, and the practice should be stopped.

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actually they're called orchas
No; actually, they are called killer whales. Orca is the Latin name and it used by people who don't think the term Killer Whale is representative of the animal.
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actually they're called orchas
u r a retard.... yeah no one calls them killer whales....

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okay so this whale has killed 3 people? i love whales as much as the next guy, and also i dont think they should be in captivity in the first place, but it is def time to give this whale a shotgun blast to the face

What a stupid and fucked up comment. This is an animal taken away from it's natural habitat and trained to do things that pretty much isn't natural for them. Any behavioral issues this killer whale may have was caused by humans. Is it fair to blame the whale for this death? No.

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