VIDEO – Killer Whale Kills Female Trainer, Dawn Brancheau, at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida : Death at SeaWorld

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A bull (male) killer whale, Tilikum aka Tilly, at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida is said to have grabbed a newly introduced female trainer, Dawn Brancheau,and “He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,'” says Victoria Biniak, a guest at the park.

Biniak went on to say, “(HE) 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.”

A statement released by Orange County Sheriff’s Offices’ Captain Angelo Nieves said, “Currently deputies with the full cooperation of SeaWorld have secured the scene and Homicide Detectives have been requested to respond and conduct a death investigation follow-up, along with our Forensics Unit.”

This is not the first incident involving a killer whale. An “overly excited” whale caused minor injuries to a trainer back in 2005. SeaWorld has long faced scrutiny and criticism for keeping their captivity of wild creatures and this incident will only go to strengthen that criticism.

Former dolphin trainer in Fort Lauderdale, Russ Rector said, “Captivity is abusive to these animals. And the abuse mounts up. And when these animals snap — just for a minute — they’re so big and can be so dangerous that it’s like a shotgun…It does an incredible amount of damage in just a moment.”

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SeaWorld trainer killed

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SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau

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