Killer orca to return to SeaWorld show

2011-03-30 10:24

Miami - The orca that killed its trainer during a live show at SeaWorld in Florida is set to resume work in shows just over a year after the tragedy, local media reported on Tuesday.

SeaWorld president Jim Atchison signed an order for Tilikum to take part in the show Believe on Wednesday at 15:00 GMT, the park's main killer whale show, the Orlando Sentinel reported online.

It will be the first public appearance by Tilikum since February 24 2010 when the whale made international headlines by killing trainer Dawn Brancheau, 40.

"Participating in shows is just a portion of Tilikum's day, but we feel it is an important component of his physical, social and mental enrichment," Kelly Flaherty Clark, in charge of animal entertainment at the park, said in an earlier statement.

SeaWorld says it adopted a series of new safety measures after the incident to better protect its trainers.

Brancheu died when Tilikum - a five-ton killer whale linked to two other human deaths since 1991 - grabbed her by her ponytail and dragged her into the water at the end of a show at SeaWorld Orlando.

Tilikum, a male whale, had been in captivity for 27 years at the time of the attack and is the largest killer whale on display at the Orlando SeaWorld.

Days after the attacks, the firm said the orca would receive the same standards of care and would not be punished for the incident.

  • safwat9 - 2011-03-30 11:22

    3 deaths since 1991. Does the Darwin award ring a bell.

  • Jennifer - 2011-03-30 12:44

    It just goes to show that these animals do not belong in captivity!!

  • Karen - 2011-03-30 18:04

    Since that poor whale is in captivity, they must do something differently for it. It must be bored out of its mind. They are an intelligent species. Man must leave nature alone!

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