Shamu Not So Nice After All… Killer Whale Lives Up To Its Name By Drowning Trainer!!!

- By Bossip Staff Categories: In White Folks News, News, SMH

A veteran trainer at Orlando’s SeaWorld was dragged under water to her death Wednesday in the jaws of Tilikum, the oldest and largest killer whale in captivity, as horrified onlookers watched.

Tourists eating poolside at a daily event called “Dining With Shamu” watched the whale drown 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau.

Tourists in an underwater viewing area saw the whale swim by, flipping the bleeding trainer over and over in his mouth.

“It was terrible. It’s very difficult to see the image,” Brazilian tourist Joao Lucio DeCosta Sobrinho, 28, told reporters.

SeaWorld suspended its famous water shows as officials tried to figure out what had happened.

Witnesses described vastly different events: One said Brancheau was patting the whale when he grabbed her arm and dragged her into the water. Another said the big bull orca leaped up out of nowhere and began shaking her.

The whale “shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing [her] around,” witness Victoria Biniak told Orlando’s WKMG-TV. “It was violent.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said Brancheau slipped and fell into the water with the 30-year-old, 6-ton Tilikum, who is not accustomed to people in his tank.

A number of park visitors said several of the whales had appeared unsettled earlier in the day and were not responding to trainers.

Tilikum, whose name means “friend” in the Native American language Chinook, has killed before – always unwittingly.

In 1991, a marine biology student and part-time trainer fell into his tank in Canada and was dragged under by Tilikum. The whale and two females blocked her from getting out of the pool and tossed her back and forth in the air between them like a toy.

In 1999, there was a case so bizarre it made headlines around the world: A man sneaked into Tilikum’s pool at SeaWorld and his naked corpse was found the next day splayed on the whale’s back.

Experts chalked up both incidents to the orca’s misguided attempts at playing. The huge, scary-looking mammals do not generally attack humans.

Brancheau was aware of the dangers posed by the giant marine mammals.

“You can’t put yourself in the water unless you trust them and they trust you,” she told The Orlando Sentinel for a profile published four years ago.

The water park was closed until the weekend. Officials said they did not yet know when the orca show would resume.

“All of our standard operating procedures will be under review,” park President Dan Brown said.

Experts said they weren’t sure what set off the whale.

“What he did in the previous two incidents were not attacks – to him, the people were toys, and to a whale, being under water for 20 minutes is nothing. This sounds a little more like an attack,” said Naomi Rose, a senior scientist at the Humane Society of the United States.

It was unclear what will happen to Tilikum.

Brancheau’s sister Diana Gross said last night that her sibling “would not want anything done to that whale..”She loved the whales like her children, she loved all of them,” said Gross, of Indiana.

Rose suggested Tilikum be retired to a sea pen in Iceland, like Keiko, the killer whale Hollywood made famous in 1993’s “Free Willy.”

Rose said such tragedies prove that wild animals should not be kept in pens to perform for tourists. Killer whales are social and intelligent creatures but get stressed in pens, she said.

The orca show is SeaWorld’s biggest draw, and crowds line up far ahead of the performances at Shamu Stadium, which seats 5,500.

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SMH. These folks keep thinking they can mess with wild animals and want to forget they are WILD… them muhfuggas are gonna live up to their nature.

Terrible tragedy.

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  • whateva!!!

    Last. Such a tragedy.

  • ebonyblonde

    well
    them thangs be fucckin wit them big asz blue whales
    aint no way i wuld get in tha water with it
    this is sad tho

  • ebonyblonde

    oh & im sure they already killed tha daym thang

  • Tam Tam

    THIS IS SO SAD… SEAWORLD WHY WOULD U HAVE THIS KILLER WHALE THERE IF IT ALREADY KILLED 2 TRAINERS PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT????

  • WhatAWorld

    WOW,But they are called “Killer whales” for a reason,I swear if King Kong was real,his a$$ would be at the zoo,because of those people.”Oh,he just a giant but he’s harmless!”,lmao.This is captivity at its worst.Sad that it took the trainers drowning to garner attention,smh!

  • http://bossip.com nextone

    what’s up with the title of the post? Shamu did not do it

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  • cruzan trini

    It’s called a “KILLER” whale for a reason, dummies!

  • http://sistaorganics.wordpress.com sistaorganics

    The animal was not happy and still is not even now. when a sea animal as a top fin and it’s pointing down that means it is UNHAPPY. These animals are very intelligetn and they basically know that if they want to eat the have to preform. Look at every pictuer and tape of this animal and you will see he is depressed and has been for many many years this is not the 1st person he has killed. Mama Nature is not happy. The head trainer even said that he will still preform this coming weekend. They keep working him and working him.

  • aleximaq

    Playing???? Ummm…can your “playing” not involve me dying???? I mean this crazy azz whale has “played” 3 humans and he is still going to be performing next year….they are just going to move him to a new home….

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983. 51 DAYS!!! SHANI DAVIS ALL DAY!!!

    THIS IS VERY SAD BUT UM, LEAVE THESE ANIMALS IN THE WILD! GOOD LORD, YOU CANNOT TAME THESE ANIMALS, ALL THE TIME. KILLER WHALE. THE NAME SAYS IT ALL.

    AND YA BOY SAID HE DID IT ON PURPOSE TOO! SMDH @ THIS WHOLE SCENARIO!!!

    THEY DUMB AS HELL FOR KEEPING HIM AFTER HE KILLED IN 1991. DID YOU THINK IT WOULDN’T HAPPEN AGAIN!!

  • white wins

    YOU GUYS ARE RIDIC… if this was a black person who got killed you would be calling the whale a racist! But we all know black women dont go in water…cant mess up that hurr!

  • resurrected

    Man the human race thinks that they can tame every life form but never take any extra life skills in learn how to tame there own unhealthy desires…

  • Sharie

    R.I.P- God speed. She died doing what she loved. But these whales need to be free & able to roam the ocean.

  • victoria

    this is a sad story. but wtH do you expect that shark is probably mad as hell got him confined, isnt he supposed to be traveling across some huge ocean. i would probably have done the same thing to that lady making money off of him. WHERE IS PETA???? i heard last night on the news that the fate of the whale is unknown?? smh. i hope their not going to kill because of this crap. put it back inthe ocean where it belongs . . 1=1 is 2 doofus’

  • Sticky-n-Sweet

    FREE TILIKUM! I’m sorry about the trainer dying, but “trust”? Do you “trust” humans, who have free will? Probably not. So why trust an animal who, although intelligent, basically runs off instinct. You look like a snack to an orca whale, let’s face it. Just a bigger, hairier seal with clothes. Let the animals be animals, not my amusement. Animals are more amusing to me in their natural state anyway, like “Meerkat Manor”.

  • Candid Canuck

    @ resurrected

    I concur! Ya done know

  • Britchick91!

    sick of captivity

  • http://www.bossip.com This Some Shhh....

    Whales have a high intellect and are sensitive to their surroundings. He could have detected cancer in the trainers body and put her out her misery.

  • Jenny

    So THAT’s why they call them “killer whales”. And all this time I thought that was just a nickname, you know like “Killer Cam”.

  • Dr. Hayden Drake

    Dang! Me and my kids saw that whale just last year on our trip to Orlando.

    Those whales are smarter than some of the people on this blog.

    I wonder what made it attack.

  • resurrected

    Black people never mess with while life other then pit bulls, we never want the kind of career that requires putting your life on the line unless it involving your child.. We have learned from this white dominating world is safe and what is not safe… U rarely black people in situations like this one and animal is still and animal and we don’t even know if they are treating this mammals well outside of the spot light…

  • QUEEN

    ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY!!! THESE BUSINESS OWNERS WORRY ABOUT MONEY MORE THAN PEOPLE LIVES.
    NOW THIS WHALE (KILLER) KILLED NOT ONE BUT THREE PEOPLE AND PROBABLY MORE…U KNOW THEY GOT TO HIDE SOME TRAGEDIES TO KEEP THE SHOW GOING…SO NOT EVERY CASE MAKE THE NEWS OR NEWSPAPER.
    SO THE BIGGEST QUESTION IS: WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO WITH THE WHALE…THE ANSWER IS NOTHING BECAUSE THE WHALE MAKE THE MONEY!! SAD…
    4RM THA QUEEN

  • http://www.bossip.com This Some Shhh....

    Once whales are placed into captivity or born into captivity, they cannot be reintroduced back into the wild. Whales travel in pods, and if they can’t be sucessfully integrated, they die.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983. 51 DAYS!!! SHANI DAVIS ALL DAY!!!

    we don’t even know if they are treating this mammals well outside of the spot light…

    *******************************************************

    This is the truth right here.

    You never know what goes on at these types of places when the light goes out. Dude said it was done on purpose. Maybe he was tired of doing tricks, or sick or not being treated right. Animals know when things aren’t being done right, point blank.

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