The Pendleton Panther

This whale puts the “killer” in Killer Whale

Posted on: February 25, 2010

Recently A trainer at SeaWorld was killed due to a killer whale attack. Trainer Dawn Brancheau was grabbed and dragged under water by one of the killer whales.  The premise was cleared, and although there were efforts to try and save her, sadly the efforts were not enough and the trainer was killed.  This was not the first time this killer whale, named Tillkum, has killed a trainer. Also back in 2004 and 2006 other Orca’s have been known to attack trainers.  Although Chuck Tompkins, Seaworlds head of animal training said “she was rubbing the killer whale’s head, and it grabbed her and pulled her in,” according to Jim Solomon, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says she could have slipped and fallen into the tank. But I think that even if she did that, the whale should not have attacked her. Many of  spectators in the crowd have agreed that the whale did indeed grab her, drag her under water, and drown her. This incident is very tragic, especially since those who go to SeaWorld expect friendly marine life encounters.


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