These story’s are always sad but they are wild animals and have just been stuck into a very large Aquarium.
SeaWorld said that the Veteran trainer Slipped into the tank where as eye witnesses said that the whale took her.
Tilikum is the Killer Whale responsible for this, but this isn’t the first time that Tilikum has been in a human accident.
Tilikum was originally housed at Sealand over in British Columbia with Nootka IV and Haida II who where both females, Tilikum is a Bull.
Nootka IV and Haida II both chased and bullied Tilikum and often chased him into the medical pen. In 1991 Keltie Byrne a 20 year old student and part time trainer Slipped and fell into the tank after a Whale show and all three Orca whales attacked her by repeatedly dunking her under the water until she drowned. The Trainers over at SeaLand never went into the water with Tilikum, Nootka IV and Haida II as they noted their aggression.
Various things where held accountable for this accident, the unfamiliar relation between the orcas and trainers in the water, and Haida II was also pregnant.
SeaLand closed down soon after this incident and all three Orcas where sold to SeaWorld. Tillikum and Nootka IV went to SeaWorld Orlando, whilst Haida II and baby (Kyuquot) went over to SeaWorld San Antonio.
Tilikum was also at the scene of another death back in July 1999 where a naked man was found floating in Tilikum’s pool. He was killed from a mixture of drowning and hypothermia. Tilikum had bitten the man but it wasn’t concluded whether this was before or after death.
Tilikum doesn’t take part in any work with trainers, this isn’t down to his possible aggression but down to him not knowing his own strength.
Who knows what will happen to Tilikum i have seen a statement from Diane Gross, “said Ms Brancheau, who was married with no children, would not want anything done to the whale because of her affection for the animals.”