2:48 pm - 02/24/2010

Orca named Tillikum kills for third time at Sea World Orlando

(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.


-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

From: http://twitter.com/SapphicKitty

"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.
-Official statement.


ok not updating anymore lol, bai <3
abordantoinette 24th-Feb-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
that'll teach 'em
alphabeter 24th-Feb-2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
No, because it was his second kill. He also killed trainer in 1991.

Not such smart creatures...the humans.

LOL pervasive boozer is the captcha
abordantoinette 24th-Feb-2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
well, shit.
dayumsam 24th-Feb-2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
idk if you realize this but uh...someone died. not funny.
humanimals 24th-Feb-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
it is my secret dream to be a dolphin trainer.
vehiclesshockme 24th-Feb-2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
haha I remember that.
lesbilletsdoux 24th-Feb-2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
mine too, bb, but then i saw "the cove"
girlknees 24th-Feb-2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
that was my childhood dream job ^^
veronicamae 24th-Feb-2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
It was always my dream to train orcas. Or research them.

But, you know, these things happen when you domesticate wild animals. It's not like orcas are bred as domestic pets like dogs and cats (yet).
dizzydance 25th-Feb-2010 12:46 am (UTC)
i was convinced i was going to grow up and be a dolphin trainer. then i got to swim with dolphins and i realized i'd have to touch/be around raw fish and i was like oh nvm
minny150 24th-Feb-2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm still sad the whale didn't land on him in the end.
tell_a_tale_4_u 24th-Feb-2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Lol forever.
luvthatdrtywata 24th-Feb-2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
don't bring Willy into this.
glitter_my_glam 25th-Feb-2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Yeah ia, I'm kind of weirded out by all the jokes being made about this.
anerom09 24th-Feb-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
isnt this the 5943th trainer to die?
bestcoast 24th-Feb-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Those damned sea beasts, was it not enough that is brethren stingrays killed Steve Irwin?
diosabellissima 24th-Feb-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
A+ haha
cocopora 24th-Feb-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
i loled
mojo_malone 24th-Feb-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
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bestcoast 24th-Feb-2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
gtfo ghost of Star Jones
i_was_a_camera 24th-Feb-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
roxtarrr 24th-Feb-2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
makedonikos 24th-Feb-2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
I just read that aloud in a British accent and it was amazing.
rydee 24th-Feb-2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
rexona_woman 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
damn whales
cremeblush 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
lady 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
oh man i used to work at seaworld san diego and i was like SHIIIT. that still is really horrible though :(
fusilli_head 24th-Feb-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
ooh what did you do? I've always wanted to work at an aquarium or something like that.
ashminda 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
omg.. how terrible :(
colossusx 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
ecctv 24th-Feb-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
colossusx 24th-Feb-2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
octomom is a celeb too! omg
diosabellissima 24th-Feb-2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
ecctv 24th-Feb-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
piratesswoop 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
humanimals 24th-Feb-2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
ididthatonce 24th-Feb-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
wahootrollop 24th-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
You couldn't pay me enough to train anything with the name "killer."
eleven59 24th-Feb-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
abcdlovelife 24th-Feb-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
lol irl
polekatz 24th-Feb-2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
too funny. so much so that i am sat her still giggling after laughing out loud for like a minute.
skankattack 24th-Feb-2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
heure_actuelle 25th-Feb-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
lol touche
ierosbats 24th-Feb-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Last time I was at Sea World a killer whale ate a pelican that landed on the surface of the water and I thought THAT was scary.
noreallywtf 24th-Feb-2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
lol I totally saw a youtube video of that happening
dazedpuckbunny 24th-Feb-2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I saw that on youtube! @_@
itsnoelle 24th-Feb-2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
everythingonit 24th-Feb-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Killer Whales don't play! XD
punknotemo 24th-Feb-2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
this made me lol irl
rydee 24th-Feb-2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
LOL omg
dickieangenson 24th-Feb-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
that would freak me out.
alexandra_spy 24th-Feb-2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
When I was there and they introduced the whale, he jumped up with a dead bird dangling from his mouth.
heure_actuelle 25th-Feb-2010 01:46 am (UTC)
haha omg
prescilla_bean 25th-Feb-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
LOL. Child field-trip ruined.
annabolena 24th-Feb-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
helloooo it's a killer whale
peopleasplaces 24th-Feb-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
seriously! like wtf, maybe it's not a good idea to take WILD animals out of the wild and force them to do tricks for people? and the poor thing will probably be put down now :(
i love whales, fuck people.
somethinsimilar 24th-Feb-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
alicel 24th-Feb-2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
this. SIGH.
squarebiz2you 24th-Feb-2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Agreed. very sad and wasteful all around.
ilost_themoon 24th-Feb-2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
i agree so much.
steph313 25th-Feb-2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Aren't killer whales an endangered species?
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