Warm Southern Breeze

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And it’s called a “Killer Whale” because why?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sea World, in Orlando, Florida was struck with ironic tragedy Wednesday, when one of the trained Killer Whales named Tilikum, a 12,000-pound dominant male, suddenly turned on expert 40-year old trainer Dawn Brancheau, killing her.

The cause of her death was ruled to have been from  “multiple traumatic injuries and drowning.”

Interestingly, this was the third death since 1991 associated with Tilikum.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office report said, Dawn was “interacting” with the whale, “when the animal grabbed her by the hair, said to be in a long pony tail, and pulled her underwater. Rescuers were not able to immediately jump in and render assistance” because of the whale’s “aggressive nature.”

The tragedy happened about 2PM. Eventually, the whale was “was coaxed into a smaller pool and lifted out of the water by a large scale/platform that lay on the bottom of the smaller tank.”

By then, Dawn was dead when her body was recovered by rescuers.

On July 27, 2004 at San Antonio, TX’s SeaWorld Adventure Park, Steve Aibel was attacked by a Killer Whale as park visitors watched in shock.

Veterinarians in the TX theme park hypothesized that adolescent whale hormones may have influenced the whale’s action, since it was near breeding age, and theorized it might have felt threatened by the trainer.

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