How did Tilikum scalped dawn?
SeaWorld claims that she was pulled into the water by her ponytail. The incident was caught on film. Some witnesses reported seeing Tilikum grab Brancheau by the arm or shoulder. The orca’s move seems to have been very quick, pulling her underwater and drowning her.
What happened to Dawn the orca trainer?
Trainer Dawn Brancheau died of blunt force trauma to head, neck and torso. March 31, 2010— — SeaWorld’s killer whale Tilikum broke its trainer’s jaw, fractured part of her vertebra and dislocated one of her elbows and a knee while thrashing her around its pool, according to an autopsy released today.
Blackfish and its themes set me to thinking again about Orcinus orca, the killer whale, the sea’s supreme predator, and our strange, ambivalent view of this animal and the narratives we impose on it. Here’s one: Tilikum had a sort of twin, Keiko, the killer whale who played “Willy” in the movies.
Did dawns family sue SeaWorld?
The family of former SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau, killed in 2010 by a killer whale, has sued in federal court to ensure images of her death won’t be released by the federal agency that investigated the tragedy.
Was Tilikum psychotic?
Tilikum’s decades of trauma Experts told the landmark 2013 documentary Blackfish that they believed Tilikum’s capture and captivity had rendered the intelligent, sensitive animal “psychotic” – claims SeaWorld has denied.
Was Tilikum put down?
Tilikum, the whale that yesterday killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, will not be put down, The Orlando Sentinel reports. The newspaper gets that word from “a SeaWorld official.”