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Friday, February 26, 2010

Orca kills trainer

Such a sad and horrible incident, witnessed by tons of people, including children.

From the Associated Press:

A 40-year-old trainer at SeaWorld Orlando was drowned by a massive killer whale named Tilikum, a 22-foot orca which has now killed 2 trainers. At nearly 6 tons, the bull is the largest in captivity.

Orlando SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was rubbing Tilikum from a poolside platform on Wednesday when the whale reached up, grabbed her ponytail and dragged her underwater. She died from multiple traumatic injuries and drowning.

Even in captivity, orcas rarely attack out of aggression. The whale likely saw the trainer's ponytail as a toy, then dragged the woman into the water and turned it into a game.

The incident raises anew the question of whether some beasts, especially the biggest ones, have any business being tamed to entertain.

Some more info:

Killer whales (a type of dolphin actually) are called that because they hunt and kill whales. Tilikum was´╗┐ captured off the coast of Iceland, he wasn't born in captivity.

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