"What all these incidents tell us is what marine parks don't want you to know: captive killer whales are dangerous to people, even those who have worked with these animals for years and years,"... ..."In both episodes with Tillikum, the whale wasn't necessary trying to hurt the unintended victims, but his very size and behavior makes him a danger to people, even if the whale were just 'playing' with the people. Simply put, these are wild animals. Taming them is only an illusion; their natural behaviors will always pose a threat to the people foolish enough to interact with them."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Orlando Orcinus orca obit...
And not for the whale, I hope. A senior whale trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Dawn Brancheau, has been killed by one of the killer whales today: reports vary, some saying she slipped other saying the whale grabbed her. Now, Orcinus orcas are big, and beautiful, and strong, and fast; 'situations' are not that uncommon; unfortunately it appears this killer whale called Tillikum - nickname "Tilly" - has a history: in 1991 he was involved in a drowning incident and, more worrying, in 1999 when "authorities discovered the body of a naked man lying across his back." So, averaging a major incident each decade but then, he's a killer whale! " Incidentally, a few years ago, one of Tilly's offspring, Ky, was involved in a near fatal accident: more here, plus details of the earlier 'dead man on back' incident. Within that last link the words of Naomi Rose of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reflect my own thoughts (bear in mind the quote below was five and a half years ago):
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