(Actual picture of Tillikum)
A killer whale killed a trainer Wednesday afternoon at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Department told CNN.
The spokesman, John Mulhall, said the trainer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident did not occur during a performance, said a spokeswoman for SeaWorld, who added that more information was to be released soon.
-GRABBED FEMALE TRAINER BY WAIST
-THRASHED HER AROUND
-HAPPENED RIGHT BEFORE PERFORMANCE
-TRAINER PRONOUNCED DEAD ON SCENE
-Guests have been evacuated and the park is clear. You know, in case the whale learns to walk.
"Shamu!!! I am so excited!!!! "
about 3 hours ago via Echofon
The killer whales are have a "moment" They don't feel like performing right now... about 3 hours ago via Echofon
we were at that show... I tweeted earlier that the whales were having a moment... I guess thus what it was. Terrible! about 1 hours ago via Echofon
"Park guest Victoria Biniak told Local 6 that the trainer was a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see.
At that point, Biniak said, the whale came up from the water and grabbed the woman.
"He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,'" Biniak told Local 6.
The whale "took off really fast in the tank, and then he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing around, and one of her shoes flew off."
She said sirens went off and everyone was forced to leave the stadium."
"Local 6 is reporting that the whale involved in the incident is named Tillikum, and that whale has been involved in at least one other incident at the park.
Tillikum, nicknamed "Tilly," has a controversial past. The large whale was blamed for the drowning of one of his trainers in 1991 while he was performing at Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia.
Sold to SeaWorld as a stud in 1992, the whale was involved in a second incident when authorities discovered the body of a naked homeless man lying across his back in July 1999.
Authorities later concluded the man, who had either snuck into SeaWorld after hours or hidden in the park until it closed, most likely drowned after suffering hypothermia in the 55-degree water.
But they also said it appeared Tillikum had bit the man and tore of his swimming trunks, likely believing he was a toy to play with.
SeaWorld has had incidents with its killer whales in the past. In 2005, a trainer was injured by what park officials called an "overly excited" whale that bumped the trainer during a live performance. The injuries were minor."
The trainer was rubbing the whale's stomach, then the whale took off really fast, came back and jumped up and grabbed the trainer by the waist and shook her very violently.
-A witness on CNN
40 year old female trainer in whale holding area slipped into tank and was fatally injured by one of the whales. No evidence of foul play.
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