According to a report released Thursday morning, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, 40, did not accidentally slip into the aquatic tank where she was killed by a male orca. The killer whale, known as Tilikum, dragged her in by her ponytail. Reaction to Brancheau's death rippled through the media Thursday morning as people tried to figure out what happened. On Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office released a report after finding that Brancheau had died from "multiple traumatic...Read Full Story
Dawn Brancheau was killed by Tilikum the orca on at SeaWorld Orlando Wednesday when the whale dragged her under the water, drowning her. The violent outburst came as a shock to SeaWorld guests who saw Brancheau pulled under the water after the end of a scheduled show. While it is still in dispute whether Brancheau slipped into the tank, or if she was grabbed and dragged in by the whale, she is known as one of the most senior trainers at SeaWorld. She told the Orlando Sentinel in 2006 that...Read Full Story
Tilikum the Whale, a male orca that has lived most of his life in captivity, killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando Wednesday. Details of trainer Dawn Brancheau's death are still unclear. While park authorities said Wednesday that Brancheau, 40, had drowned after slipping into the tank accidentally, the Orlando Sentinel reports that witnesses saw her petting the whale when it pulled her into the tank by her arm. Tilikum is then said to have raced around the tank while tossing the trainer...Read Full Story
Tilikum the Whale (often misspelled Tillikum) is an orca, or killer whale, captured at about two years old near Iceland in 1983. Since then, Tilikum has lived in captivity in British Columbia and in Florida and has sired 13 calves.