Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Eyewitnesses: Shamu kills trainer at Sea World
WFTV reposted on The Bovine Scatologist Blog ^ | 02/24/2010 | WFTV

Posted on 02/24/2010 12:56:56 PM PST by trapman

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a Sea World employee died Wednesday after being attacked by a killer whale. Emergency officials arrived just before 2:00 pm Wednesday (02/24/2010) and found the person unresponsive. Witnesses are reporting that the victim was a trainer who was dragged into the tank and drowned by the whale.

(Excerpt) Read more at bovinescatologist.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: kills; shamu; thatsgonnaleaveamark; trainer; whale

1 posted on 02/24/2010 12:56:56 PM PST by trapman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: trapman

They call them “killer whales”
And still you’re surprised


2 posted on 02/24/2010 12:58:43 PM PST by babble-on
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: babble-on

The only surprising aspect to this is that it hasn’t happened before now. We took our kids to Sea World when they were young. I sat in the stands and cried during the show. It’s not right.


3 posted on 02/24/2010 1:06:27 PM PST by Trust but Verify
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: trapman

My guess is that the whale was playing and pushing her around and didn’t realize she didn’t have a blowhole. Hard to imagine it was done on purpose. (Or on porpoise)


4 posted on 02/24/2010 1:10:27 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trapman

My guess is that the whale was playing and pushing her around and didn’t realize she didn’t have a blowhole. Hard to imagine it was done on purpose. (Or on porpoise)


5 posted on 02/24/2010 1:11:00 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trapman

5 threads on the same story in 30 minutes. Doesn’t anybody do a search???

.....Bob


6 posted on 02/24/2010 1:12:17 PM PST by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Trust but Verify
The only surprising aspect to this is that it hasn’t happened before now.

Actually it has. In 1999 this very same whale killed a man that had that broken into the park.

7 posted on 02/24/2010 1:12:47 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Trust but Verify

Strange that we despise traing bears and lions [as in “dancing bears”] but still allow training seafaring mammels.


8 posted on 02/24/2010 1:15:22 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Lokibob

nope


9 posted on 02/24/2010 1:15:44 PM PST by boomop1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: trapman

FREE WILLY!!


10 posted on 02/24/2010 1:25:39 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BubbaBasher

The man reportedly died of hypothermia. Water temp in the pool is 55 degrees.


11 posted on 02/24/2010 1:29:12 PM PST by Trust but Verify
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: ez

How can you fine anything humorous in this? Good Lord !


12 posted on 02/24/2010 1:33:14 PM PST by Mears
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BubbaBasher

Same whale was also blamed for drowning a trainer up in Canada in 1991, a year before he was sold to Sea World


13 posted on 02/24/2010 1:34:25 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: BunnySlippers
Man, that is a nail on th head post. SeaWorld offers something for everyone in that they protect these animals, but the fact that people always need to be entertained by them does not speak well of the human race IMO.
14 posted on 02/24/2010 1:38:43 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Red in Blue PA

Another article, same incident.

The same whale has killed twice before. The US Humane Society is trying to get ban on Orcas in entertainment.

Sounds like an idea.


15 posted on 02/24/2010 1:40:50 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: trapman

Certainly you have to feel badly for the trainer and her family, but these are NOT Labrador Retrievers!!!


16 posted on 02/24/2010 1:44:33 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trapman

comment from Susan Berta from Orca Network; We just heard that Tillikum, an Icelandic orca, is the whale involved in the trainer’s death at Orlando SeaWorld today. An intruder to Orlando SW was found dead in Tillikum’s tank in 1999, and Tillikum was also responsible for the death of a Trainer at SeaLand Canada in 1991.


17 posted on 02/24/2010 1:46:28 PM PST by anglian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: anglian

background on Tillicum - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilikum_%28whale%29#Tilikum


18 posted on 02/24/2010 1:47:21 PM PST by anglian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Trust but Verify
It has, several times.

From another article.

There have been several previous attacks on whale trainers at SeaWorld parks.

In November 2006, trainer Kenneth Peters, 39, was bitten and held underwater several times by a 7,000-pound killer whale during a show at SeaWorld's San Diego park.

He escaped with a broken foot. The 17-foot-long orca who attacked him was the dominant female of SeaWorld San Diego's seven killer whales. She had attacked Peters two other times, in 1993 and 1999.

In 2004, another whale at the company's San Antonio park tried to hit one of the trainers and attempted to bite him. He also escaped.

In December, a whale drowned a trainer at a Spanish zoo.

At the Orlando SeaWorld, the body of a naked man was found scratched, bruised and draped over a 5-ton orca named Tilikum in July 1999. Daniel Dukes, 27, reportedly made his way past security at SeaWorld, remaining in the park after it had closed. Wearing only his underwear, Dukes either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water of Tilikum's huge tank.

An autopsy ruled that he died of hypothermia in the 50-degree water. But they also said it appeared Tilikum bit the man and tore off his swimming trunks, likely believing he was a toy to play with.

19 posted on 02/24/2010 2:35:34 PM PST by Jotmo (Has 0bama fixed my soul yet?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Jotmo

Even if the whale is “friendly” or “tame” it still weighs 7,000 lbs and really has no way of knowing its own strength.


20 posted on 02/24/2010 2:45:18 PM PST by PittsburghAfterDark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Bubba Ho-Tep
"Same whale was also blamed for drowning a trainer up in Canada in 1991..."

Yes, after apparently being denied tenure at Sea World, Vancouver.

District Attorney had, "no comment."

21 posted on 02/24/2010 4:13:40 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: trapman

One of the news programs reported that the whales were not obeying commands and were being difficult. Perhaps they were thinking of joining a union.

Whales don’t belong in a contained area, entertaining customers of Whale World or whatever it’s called. They belong in the ocean.


22 posted on 02/24/2010 4:23:30 PM PST by goldi (')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldi

Maybe they can use Michael Moore as a whale substitute.


23 posted on 02/24/2010 4:39:44 PM PST by Callahan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: PittsburghAfterDark

I read this one is the biggest in captivity at 12,000. Still 7 or 12—it’s big.


24 posted on 02/24/2010 4:54:58 PM PST by beaversmom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: trapman

Tilikum on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF2P14aTn8s


25 posted on 02/24/2010 4:56:33 PM PST by beaversmom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson