SeaWorld to Allow Whale that Killed Trainer to Perform Anew
Tilikum, the killer whale at Orlando’s SeaWorld that made headlines when it drowned its trainer last year, is getting another chance to perform.
SeaWorld animal training curator Kelly Flaherty Clark said in an interview with WESH TV that allowing the killer whale to participate in shows is important for its wellbeing. “Participating in shows is just a portion of Tilikum’s day, but we feel it is an important component of his physical, social and mental enrichment,” Clark said.
According to officials at the amusement facility, Tilikum will be performing Wednesday for the first time since the February 24 2010 incident. The killer whale became controversial last year when it pulled the ponytail of its veteran trainer, 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau, dragging and drowning her as it moved from pool to pool inside the facility. SeaWorld was eventually fined $75,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and ordered to improve its safety measures to prevent similar incident from occurring.