Tilikum/Shamu Thrashes & Kills Trainer.......Gruesome DETAILS UPDATE + Similar Attack Video

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Like people who get mad when monkeys and lions attack them after they reaching and jumping in the area..


crossed they path.. you in they house now.

r.i.p though.


its called KILLER whale for a reason.
 
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Originally Posted by AlanDutch

Originally Posted by JoRdAn fEtIsH

 leave the animal where it belongs and things like this wouldnt happen.
I couldnt imagine being an animal and taken out of my natural habitat just for people to look at me all day. I'd murk everything on sight.
yeah because you would have the brain power to realize all of this right?
 
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some of ya dont understand, that if they release this whale or any wild animal that has been domesticated all of its life they would die by hunters or starvation. they are so used to being fed by humans and dont know how to hunt, they basically wont eat because they dont know how to get food other than by a human. same goes for hunters, they associate humans with food. easy kill for the hunter.

so this whale will be put down
 
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Originally Posted by ThrowedInDaGame

Originally Posted by proper english

i truly feel bad for these Killer Whales.. these things (sometimes 3 at a time) are imprisoned in a small tank for their entire lifetime..imagine all the stress they go through? 

Killer whales in the wild have a life expectancy of 50-70 years while the ones at aquariums are 20-30.. that's really pitiful.. 
You feel bad?

One of these idiotic beast just killed a human being. Whichever whale killed the worker should be executed immediately.
wait what? 
 idiotic?.. imprisoning an Apex predator in a small tank and be in shock when it kills something/someone.. whose idiotic? 
& regarding the death, i'm not saying good riddance or she deserved it (R.I.P. btw).. but you have to expect something like this when working with these animals. 
 

Ja's 2¢

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[h1]UPDATE:[/h1]
[h1]SeaWorld: Whale Dragged Trainer Into Water[/h1]
[h2]Veteran Orlando Trainer Killed By Whale Involved In 2 Other Deaths[/h2]

POSTED: 2:47 pm EST February 24,2010
UPDATED: 9:33 pm EST February 24,2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A SeaWorld official confirmed Wednesday night that the whale that killed a trainer at the Orlando park actually pulled the woman into the water.
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Chuck Tompkins, head of animal training at all SeaWorld parks, said 40-year-old veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau was rubbing the orca, or killer whale, named Tilikum after a noontime show Wednesday when the whale grabbed her and pulled her in at about 2 p.m.


The sheriff's office originally said she had been in the whale holding area behind the Shamu Stadium when she slipped, fell into the tank, was pulled under water by the whale and drowned.

Tompkins said Brancheau had more experience with Tilikum than most of the park's other 28 trainers, only about a dozen of whom worked with him.

The SeaWorld official said that because of Tilikum's size and involvement in two previous deaths, trainers were not supposed to get into the water with him.

Naomi Rose, of the Humane Society, said Tilikum has now been involved in the deaths of three people.

"Using these animals in entertainment is not good for animals or people. Sadly, we've seen evidence of that again today," Rose said in a release. "Whales and dolphins are large, intelligent, long-lived, socially complex predators who often hunt cooperatively and are capable of swimming 100 miles in a day. They are unsuited to permanent confinement, often exhibiting neurotic behaviors in these settings. Capture methods are also inhumane, and often not adequately managed or overseen."

A former employee of a Canadian aquarium where Tilikum was involved in another trainer's death said he's surprised it happened again.

Steve Huxter was head of Sealand of the Pacific's animal care and training department near Victoria, British Columbia, when part-time orca trainer Keltie Byrne fell into the whale pool after a 1991 show. She died after being dragged around by three whales, including one named Tilikum.

Huxter said he's surprised to hear Tilikum is blamed for killing a trainer in Orlando. He said Tilikum was a well-behaved, balanced animal.He also said there's no chance in the world that Tilikum will be put down.An unnamed SeaWorld employee said that a private group was touring the area and may have witnessed the incident. That group may have included some children.


Officials said the whale in question was in a smaller, unfamiliar pool because of a renovation.SeaWorld's manager, Dan Brown, read the following statement about the incident during a news conference:"It's with great sadness that I report that one of our most experienced animal trainers drowned in an incident with one of our killer whales this afternoon. We've initiated an investigation to determine to the extent possible what occurred. There are no other details to share at this point, but we will make our findings known in due course. I must emphasize that this is an extraordinarily difficult time for the SeaWorld parks and our team members. Nothing is more important than the safety of employees, guests and the animals entrusted to our care. We have never in the history of our parks experienced an incident like this, and all of our standard operating procedures will come under review as part of this investigation. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the trainer and will do everything possible to assist them in this difficult time."A portion of the park near Shamu Stadium is closed because of the incident and will likely not be reopened Wednesday evening and possibly Thursday, according to guest services. Discounted park admission is being offered.The OCSO will conduct the main investigation, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will also conduct their own
 
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Originally Posted by vcshoxj6

[h1]UPDATE:[/h1]
[h1]SeaWorld: Whale Dragged Trainer Into Water[/h1]
[h2]Veteran Orlando Trainer Killed By Whale Involved In 2 Other Deaths[/h2]

POSTED: 2:47 pm EST February 24,2010
UPDATED: 9:33 pm EST February 24,2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A SeaWorld official confirmed Wednesday night that the whale that killed a trainer at the Orlando park actually pulled the woman into the water.
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Chuck Tompkins, head of animal training at all SeaWorld parks, said 40-year-old veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau was rubbing the orca, or killer whale, named Tilikum after a noontime show Wednesday when the whale grabbed her and pulled her in at about 2 p.m.


The sheriff's office originally said she had been in the whale holding area behind the Shamu Stadium when she slipped, fell into the tank, was pulled under water by the whale and drowned.

Tompkins said Brancheau had more experience with Tilikum than most of the park's other 28 trainers, only about a dozen of whom worked with him.

The SeaWorld official said that because of Tilikum's size and involvement in two previous deaths, trainers were not supposed to get into the water with him.

Naomi Rose, of the Humane Society, said Tilikum has now been involved in the deaths of three people.

"Using these animals in entertainment is not good for animals or people. Sadly, we've seen evidence of that again today," Rose said in a release. "Whales and dolphins are large, intelligent, long-lived, socially complex predators who often hunt cooperatively and are capable of swimming 100 miles in a day. They are unsuited to permanent confinement, often exhibiting neurotic behaviors in these settings. Capture methods are also inhumane, and often not adequately managed or overseen."

A former employee of a Canadian aquarium where Tilikum was involved in another trainer's death said he's surprised it happened again.

Steve Huxter was head of Sealand of the Pacific's animal care and training department near Victoria, British Columbia, when part-time orca trainer Keltie Byrne fell into the whale pool after a 1991 show. She died after being dragged around by three whales, including one named Tilikum.

Huxter said he's surprised to hear Tilikum is blamed for killing a trainer in Orlando. He said Tilikum was a well-behaved, balanced animal.He also said there's no chance in the world that Tilikum will be put down.An unnamed SeaWorld employee said that a private group was touring the area and may have witnessed the incident. That group may have included some children.


Officials said the whale in question was in a smaller, unfamiliar pool because of a renovation.SeaWorld's manager, Dan Brown, read the following statement about the incident during a news conference:"It's with great sadness that I report that one of our most experienced animal trainers drowned in an incident with one of our killer whales this afternoon. We've initiated an investigation to determine to the extent possible what occurred. There are no other details to share at this point, but we will make our findings known in due course. I must emphasize that this is an extraordinarily difficult time for the SeaWorld parks and our team members. Nothing is more important than the safety of employees, guests and the animals entrusted to our care. We have never in the history of our parks experienced an incident like this, and all of our standard operating procedures will come under review as part of this investigation. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the trainer and will do everything possible to assist them in this difficult time."A portion of the park near Shamu Stadium is closed because of the incident and will likely not be reopened Wednesday evening and possibly Thursday, according to guest services. Discounted park admission is being offered.The OCSO will conduct the main investigation, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will also conduct their own
Grabbed her like he was a shark a la Jaws sounds like.
Tilikum needs to have a pool to himself or be released. Killing humans is NOT the business even if it is by mistake.
 

Ja's 2¢

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UPDATE 2:
Dawn Brancheau, 40, a veteran trainer at Orlando, FL's SeaWorld, was killed by an orca (killer whale) during a show at Shamu Stadium at the theme park.  SeaWorld uses the stage name "Shamu" for any of the male or female orcas during a show.

While authorities have said that Brancheau fell into the holding tank at Shamu Stadium, and was then fatally injured by one of the orcas, witnesses disagree.  Park guest Victoria Biniak told Local 6 that Brancheau had just finished explaining the show to the audience.

Then, Biniak said, the whale rose up from the water and grabbed the woman, in a horrific scene from some science fiction movie.  Biniak told Local 6:

"He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent. (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."

In 2006, a trainer at SeaWorld was hospitalized after a killer whale grabbed him and twice held him underwater during a killer whale show at Shamu Stadium.

However, the orca in this case, Tillikum, nicknamed "Tilly," has had issues in the past. The killer whale was blamed for the drowning of one of his trainers in 1991 when he was performing at Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia.  After being sold to SeaWorld as a stud in 1992, "Tilly" was involved in a second incident when authorities found the body of a 27-year-old naked homeless man lying across his back in July 1999.

It was later theorized that the man had either hidden until SeaWorld closed, or somehow snuck into SeaWorld after hours.  They believed that Tilly had done a little "horseplay" with the man.  Sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said at the time: "He may have been a victim of what a whale would call horseplay, just playing around."

Ironically, in an interview in 2006, Dawn Brancheau spoke of entering the water with orcas, who could easily kill her.  "You can't put yourself in the water unless you trust them and they trust you."

That is crazy. The whale knew what he was doing. That is really like a movie.
 
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Originally Posted by BlackStilettos

It sucks that this whale will likely be put down very soon. I don't understand why no one thought to release him back into the wild once he killed the first person. Sigh.
I agree with the notion that keeping large and wild animals in confined spaces for our entertainment and amusement is wrong. However, releasing them back into the wild after being in captivity for so long might make it harder for them to survive for as long as they can. They would not know how to fiend for themselves such as fish on their own and they are so used to human contact. Sometimes they end up beached or would return to coast looking for humans to feed them because they do not know how to eat on their own. Keiko, the whale in Free Willy, only survived for five more years after being released back in the waters of Iceland. 
 

Ja's 2¢

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there is video out there of the incident not the actual killing but Shamu grabbing the ponytail of the trainer with his mouth and taking her under.
 
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Why is the whale not being killed though?


If I was the family, I'd order the whale be shot with a harpoon and dragged to sea.
This is disgusting.

It's obvious wild animals belong in the wild.
 
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