Dawn Brancheau: Sea World Trainer Was Killed By A Killer Whale (Video)

February 25, 2010

Meet Dawn Brancheau. She was the Sea World Trainer killed by a killer whale. The unfortunate news of her drowning has sparked some controversy involving these giant-temperamental creatures. Find out more details of her death and see pictures and a video right here.

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So, should we be using these ginormous and unpredictable animals for show? As a result, experienced trainer, Dawn Brancheau was killed yesterday at Orlando, Florida’s Sea World.

As a biography, Dawn Brancheau was an experienced trainer with killer whales and worked at Shamu Stadium at Sea World in Orlando. She died at the age of 40. She was the youngest of six children and grew up in Cedar Lake, Indiana. As a child, her family took a trip to Seaworld. This is where her passion and dreams to become a trainer blossomed. She later followed her aspirations and attended the University of South Carolina and studied psychology and animal behavior. She accepted a job at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey to swim with the dolphins before getting her job at Sea World. The trainer initially started working the Sea Lion & Otter Stadium in February of 1994. Following two years later, she earned her spot in the killer-whale tank and trained there until her death.

Tilikum, the 30-year old orca who allegedly drowned and killed Brancheau, has been reportedly connected to two previous deaths since 1991. In addition, an official for Sea World said that “the animal would not be put down”.

Weighing in on the controversy, animal expert Jack Hanna, says of the fatal incident that trainers “are aware of the risks and benefits of working with live animals.” Advocates for orca are said to be blaming the animals’ stress relating to its captivity.

During an exclusive interview back in January of 2006, Brancheau shared with the Orlando Sentinel about the amazing animals, “You can’t put yourself in the water unless you trust them and they trust you.” At that time, the park was making changes to their Shamu presentation to showcase more involvement between the trainers and the wild and precarious animals.

Dawn’s mother, Marion Loverde, said that, “She loved her work,” adding that “I just never dreamed that it would end this way.”

Unbelievable! What a horrific tragedy. My heart goes out to all of her loved ones. Leave your thoughts and prayers for the Sea World trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by a killer whale, in the comment box. Also, see the video and pictures below.

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