It's a real tragedy but no surprise to me, about the trainer being killed at Sea World, Orlando, Florida.
These animals, regardless of how much human contact they have and the cuddly names they're given, are still just animals. Animals that still have instincts that nothing can suppress, as nature dictated.
Having visited Sea World in Orlando, more times than i can remember, each time i clap and woo-hoo with amazement along with the rest of the crowd and each and every trick the whale performs is rewarded with a handfull of fish.
Are these animals just 'performing' for the food or do they enjoy what they do ?
Surely they get bored being kept in what are quite small holding tanks ?
Was it boredom that made the whale do what it did or did nature kick in ?
I LOVE Sea World, it's my favourite park in Orlando and i'll continue to visit it. I already have tickets booked for October. I'll continue to clap, woo-hoo and be amazed by the shows the animals and trainers put on, but will always remember that a killer whale is, after all, a KILLER WHALE.
Dawn Brancheau, rest in piece.
Dawn Brancheau was killed in an accident with a killer whale at SeaWorld
A SeaWorld spokesman has said a killer whale that attacked and killed a trainer in Orlando is the same one involved in two other deaths, including that of a Canadian trainer.
SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs said the whale that killed 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of a horrified audience is named Tilikum.
Tilikum was one of three whales blamed for killing a trainer in 1991 at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.
A man's body was also found draped over Tilikum at Orlando SeaWorld in July 1999.
This is a picture i took last time we visited. The holding pools are .... small !