It’s been all over the news now, so I’m sure you have heard about the tragic death of popular Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau. She was dragged into the water by a killer whale named Tilikum, a large male Orca.
They don’t know, and likely never will know why the killer whale dragged her into the pool, toyed with her and finally drowned her. Tilikum has had other problems with trainers before.
I have seen many Shamu shows with Dawn Brancheau, so it’s a little more upsetting to me than most who have never seen a Shamu show. She was very experienced with years of training.
But when your working with giant killer whales it only takes a second off guard for something tragic to happen, and it did. I’m not going to get into all the details about it, there are plenty of other articles on it if you want all that.
Instead I thought I’d show the youtube video tribute to Dawn Brancheau from Sea World. You can see her love for animals and the joy she had working with them. Rest in peace Dawn Brancheau.