SeaWorld Will Keep Killer Whale
Park will change procedure, won't euthanize orca
By Will McCahill, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2010 9:37 PM CST
In this photo taken Dec. 30, 2005, Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, is shown while performing.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – SeaWorld’s Orlando park said tonight it will keep the whale that killed its trainer yesterday. The 12,000-pound orca, Tilikum, had a history of violence before it grabbed Dawn Brancheau, 40, by her ponytail and dragged her to a death by drowning, and there have been calls for him to be set free or destroyed, MSNBC notes. “We’re going to make any changes we have to to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” the park’s head of animal training says.

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MrG
Feb 26, 2010 6:44 PM CST
It seems Seaworld's reaction to this tragedy is cold and profit driven. For those of us who disagree with their response our best option is to boycott their parks although I realize that is unlikely to happen. We want to be entertained at any cost.
finkster
Feb 26, 2010 7:24 AM CST
This whale is begging to be set free....do the right thing owners or you will be put through the same torture in the afterlife....hopefully through rings of fire.
stormy7
Feb 26, 2010 5:23 AM CST
let all the the sea life at Sea World go free. They belong in the oceans not doing tricks foe food.