SeaWorld: Whale Show To Resume After Trainer Death

SeaWorld says its Shamu Believe show with killer whales will resume this weekend after a whale killed its trainer at the Orlando park.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment President Jim Atchison says trainers won't get in the water with the killer whales for now until officials finish reviewing what happened to trainer Dawn Brancheau.

The veteran trainer was dragged into the water Wednesday by killer whale Tilikum. The medical examiner says she likely died of traumatic injuries and drowning.

Atchison says Tilikum will remain an "active, contributing member of the team" at SeaWorld.

Atchison says whale shows will resume Saturday. He says he's not sure how long it will be before trainers are allowed to get back in the water with the animals.

SeaWorld has locations in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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An employee at SeaWorld Orlando has died after being attacked by a killer whale.

Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall says paramedics were called Wednesday afternoon to the Shamu Stadium at the theme park where they found a worker who could not be revived.

Park guest Victoria Biniak told WKMG-TV that the trainer had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see.

Biniak told the station the whale suddenly came up from the water, grabbed the trainer around the waist and "thrashed her all around" to the point the trainer's shoe fell off.

The guests were evacuated and the park was closed.


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  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    The whale just had a bad day. Unfortunately the trainer's life was taken so soon. But she died doing what she loved and was passionate about. May she rest in peace and may the show go on. She would have wanted it that way.
  • by Vance on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Why PETA? What about this one AETP?If I killed three people in three different incodents(which it would never go past the first)would I still be swimming.HECK NO!I would have sunk on the first.If my dog THREATENED a police officer like today he would shoot it.AND I DO NOT BLAME HIM!Get the point?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    To "??????": As Moderators Nightmare pointed out, this is not a domesticated dog. It's a wild whale. As I pointed out in another post, it isn't going to creep out of its tank in the middle of the night and stalk the neighborhood for fresh victims. People who CHOOSE to work with these animals CHOOSE the risk as personally acceptable - let's not forget that!!! If you don't want the risk of being injured or killed by a wold animal at work, then you don't work in that field. Those that do see it as a worthwhile endeavor & that is their right. The "take" financially is not solely about profiteering as some are implying. There is research at these parks & funds go to preservation as well. Even your day-use & camping fees at national parks doesn't just go to maintaining a park. Some of it goes to preservation. Think about that next time you're crying about what something costs for your entertainment & recreation.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    My heart goes out to the trainers family but if anyone is to be blames its Seaworld whales were not made to be in captivity and as awesome a show as they put on they still do not belong anywhere other then in the ocean
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    These Killer Whales see these trainers as BAIT!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    I bet this fish will make a nice pair of boots.
  • by My name is Orca Location: NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Why is everyone caplizing KILLER whale? This is an Orca Whale... I don't blame the whale for the attack. No different than locking a person up and telling them what they can & can't do. When they were born free..
  • by Sylvia Location: Washington on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    Please, please don't let another trainer die by this KILLER whale. Would you get into the tank with him. He wants to be in the Ocean from where he came from. You just want to make babies and money off him. sylvia
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    There is some good news.the price of admission is not going up,now book ahead and you might see something you can tell the grand children about years from now.
  • by John Location: Washington on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Well I guess you can look at it two ways one is Wow she must have ment alot to them to remume so quickly, and Two if you are in a tank with a "killer" whale what do you think is going to happen....Its like a snake charmer, they will get bit more than one its the nature of the job! Cant play with fire and be surprised when you get burnt!
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