Imagine, if you will, a beautiful day at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL. Gently roasting to a delicate golden hue in the … um, February sun, you meander over to the killer whale tank for a fun-filled noontime show. The performance is great, the whales definitely whales, noms ridiculously overpriced. You stretch, dislodge your wedgie and get ready to hit the seals when, in the middle of his post-show belly rub, the star of the show clamps his jaws around the trainer, pulls her into the tank and thrashes her about until she’s dead.
Such was the unexpected turn of events in Orlando this very afternoon—and by unexpected we mean, you know, completely devastating and awful and life-scarring for everyone involved. The culprit? 12,000-pound Tilikum, a killer whale that has in fact been associated with two previous human fatalities. His victim this time around? Dawn Brancheau, 40 years old and one of the best, most experienced trainers at the park.
The collateral? Countless kids who you know for a fact will never again go near a swimming pool.
Tags:free willy, killer whales, orca, Orlando FL, SeaWorld, Tilikum
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