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    Orlando SeaWorld worker killed by whale - San Jose Mercury News

    Apparently, the worker was talking to the audience during the show and the whale grabbed her and thrashed her repeatedly to the ground.

    This sounds gruesome and horrible. I can't imagine being in the audience of the show and seeing this happen.

    Terrible tragedy.
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    Another Article from the Orlando Sentinel, they are saying it was a female employee.

    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1326...post1055837447

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    • #3
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      Wild animals on display for $$$ in small tanks compared to oceans.

      How many more times does this have to happen?

      (Of course my heart and thoughts go out to the family- but just in general, sadly these type of things don't really "surprise" me as much. Similar to the Siegfried & Roy incident in Vegas plus many other Sea World and zoo accidents)
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        Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
        Another Article from the Orlando Sentinel, they are saying it was a female employee.
        First post corrected. I mistakenly read the previous incidents as the current victim.
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          Apparently she was the most experienced trainer at the park. And now they're saying it wasn't during an actual show but a public viewing and that the trainer slipped and fell into the tank.

          But this isn't the first time this whale, his name is Tilikum, "Tilly" for short. Back in 1991 he drowned his trainer when he was at a park in Canada. Sea World bought him in 1992 to use as a stud. Back in 1999 they found a naked man floating in Tilly's tank (which is huge because he is one big mofo of a whale). The autopsy determined the man died of hypothermia (the water in the tank is very cold) and he had either snuck into the park after hours or hid until park closing and then jumped into Tilly's tank in just his underwear. Apparently Tilly thought the guy was a toy to play with.

          I mentioned in another thread that I have a friend who used to work at Sea World & still has contacts there. According to them, Tilly was in no mood to perform today and the trainers ignored the warning signs and went ahead with everything anyway.

          And it's looking like Tilly will most likely be put down as a result of all this (especially since this is the 2nd time he's attacked a trainer).

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            Originally posted by Wesley815 View Post
            Wild animals on display for $$$ in small tanks compared to oceans.

            How many more times does this have to happen?

            (Of course my heart and thoughts go out to the family- but just in general, sadly these type of things don't really "surprise" me as much. Similar to the Siegfried & Roy incident in Vegas plus many other Sea World and zoo accidents)
            That is the risk you run working with an animal... especially a wild one. Such sad news,anyway. I hope the people who saw it happen don't have too many lingering mental effects. :\

            I'm glad he is being put down. Should have happened after the first time.
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              Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
              That is the risk you run working with an animal... especially a wild one. Such sad news,anyway. I hope the people who saw it happen don't have too many lingering mental effects. :\

              I'm glad he is being put down. Should have happened after the first time.

              I agree. A dog attacks and bites a kid gets put to sleep immediately.

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                When we were at Sea World Orlando we saw the afternoon Shamu show and went back to see the night time spectacular. One of the bigger whales would not cooperate so they ended up changing the show and explained to the audience that these are still basically wild animals and some days they just don't want to cooperate, kind of like when a usually well behaved child decides to throw a tantrum.

                I thought very highly of the trainers for not trying to force the whale and just explaining to the audience why the show had to be changed up. Some people may have been disappointed that the show 'did not go on' as normal but it showed that the trainers care for the whales.

                It is a tragedy to have lost a trainer and now possibly the whale.
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                • #9
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                  It never fails to amaze me how people can be shocked when this sort of thing happens. Hello, it is called a killer whale. Not a gentle whale. Not a sweet whale. Not a loving, nurturing whale. What do killers do? They kill. Duh.

                  I do acknowledge that this is a terrible tragedy. But it doesn't really shock me.
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                    This video just got put on YouTube. It does not show the attack, but rather the press release from SeaWorld Orlando

                    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyZqq_1hXus"]YouTube - Killer Whale Kills SeaWorld Trainer[/ame]
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                      the LA times is saying San diego is shutting down the show too
                      Sea World San Diego closes Shamu show after deadly whale incident in Orlando | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by sunnygirl View Post
                        It never fails to amaze me how people can be shocked when this sort of thing happens. Hello, it is called a killer whale. Not a gentle whale. Not a sweet whale. Not a loving, nurturing whale. What do killers do? They kill. Duh.
                        They're actually ORCA (Orcinus orca) whales. Well more actually, they're members of the dolphin family and not true whales.

                        But...

                        The name "killer whale" derives from the Spanish "ballena asesina" ("whale killer" in English), evidently coming from sailors who observed them hunting whales. English-speaking scientists most often use the term "killer whale."

                        "Killer whale" advocates point out that its naming heritage is not limited to Spanish sailors. Indeed, the genus name Orcinus means "of or belonging to the kingdom of the dead", and although the name Orca (in use since antiquity) is probably not etymologically related, the assonance might have given some people the idea that it meant "whale that brings death" or "demon from hell." The name is also similar to Orcus, a Roman god of the underworld.

                        Ancient Romans originally applied Orca (plural Orcas) to these animals, possibly borrowing it from the Greek ὄρυξ, which referred (among other things) to a whale species. Since the 1960s, Orca has steadily grown in popularity; both names are now used. The term "orca" is preferred by some to avoid the negative connotations of "killer", and because the species is more closely related to dolphins than to other whales.

                        They are sometimes referred to as blackfish, a name also used for other whale species. Grampus is a former name for the species, but is now seldom used. This meaning of grampus should not be confused with the Grampus genus, whose only member is Risso's Dolphin.

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                          Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                          I'm glad he is being put down. Should have happened after the first time.
                          They are called KILLER WHALES for a reason. They are not the happy go-lucky sea critters people think they are. I think putting him down is a big extreme. He should at least be released into the wild where he naturally belongs.

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                            Originally posted by DisneyFan28 View Post
                            Only today's afternoon show. Ad possibly tomorrow's... not permanently. (not yet?)


                            Wow, that guy in that video... she drowned? If the whale was whipping her around... she didn't just fall in and drown. And she probably didn't die by the whale drowning her. And that reporter asking about if was malicious or playful or whatever... what was that? Why does it matter what the whale's motivation was?
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                              Re: Killer Whale kills worker during show

                              Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                              They are called KILLER WHALES for a reason. They are not the happy go-lucky sea critters people think they are. I think putting him down is a big extreme. He should at least be released into the wild where he naturally belongs.
                              He killed two people, though. If they relase him, then they should release all the others - of course, they might not even be able to survive in the wild anymore anyway.
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