SeaWorld's Killer Whale Makes Return to Stage
SeaWorld is facing some criticism today as Tilikum, the killer whale who grabbed trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and killed her over 13 months ago, returned to stage.
According to ABC World News, the whale came back to a "thunderous" applause, despite the horrific incident that claimed the life of a trainer. It was also reported that SeaWorld officials would not specify what safety precautions were instituted, but some appeared to be obvious, including steel bars that blocked the whales from the main stage. Also, according to ABC, female trainers wore their hair in high buns. Trainers also stayed out of the water and off the stages during Tilikum's performance.
When the 12,000 pound orca made his splashy entrance, the crowd erupted in applause and cheers, according to ABC.