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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trainer Killed by Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida

According to the police, a SeaWorld Orlando trainer died after being attacked by the killer whale after, apparently, slipping and falling into the tank where the animal was.

But a witness told a TV station that the trainer had just explained to the crowd how the show was going to happen when the animal jumped from the tank, grabbed her and shook her violently in front of the public. After the attack, the visitors were told to leave and the park was closed.

Even though the park had not yet released the name of the victim, a Police officer identified her as Dawn Brancheau, 40 years old.

Check out the full report on the Sun Sentinel.

This, by the way, is not the first incident happening at park from the SeaWorld chain. In November of 2006, the trainer Kenneth Peters was bitten and taken under water various times by an orca in a show in San Diego, California. He only broke a foot and the whale had already attacked the trainer twice, in 1993 and 1999. Check it all out on MSNBC.

Also, in 2004 in the park in San Antonio, Texas another whale tried to hit and bite a trainer, but he was able to save himself without a scratch. The video of the report is available on

Apart from all this madness, why don’t we try to see the better side of whales with this video on youtube which I am sure everyone will enjoy.


  1. That's horrible. I wonder what could have set him off?