According to a report just released moments ago, SeaWorld will resume its world-famous Shamu shows with killer whales tomorrow (Saturday) but trainers won't be getting into the water with the animals. The decision was made by Seaworld in reaction to the Seaworld/Orlando killer whale, Tilikum, that actually dragged seasoned trainer Dawn Brancheau, into a pool at the Florida location, tragically drowning her on Wednesday. I join the world in mourning the loss of Dawn who dreamed as a child that she could swim with the orcas.
Those Shamu shows were so magical, weren't they? Sadly, I'm afraid none of us (present company included) will ever be able to witness that awesome sight again.
Pictured at right: A female trainer rides on the head of a killer whale for the grand finale portion of the San Diego show. Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.blogspot.com
Human safety and killer whales that are allowed to live free in the wild would be a win-win situation for all living things. Below is a close up of an orca in the Seaworld/San Diego performing pool tank taken during our most recent visit. Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.blogspot.com
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Please leave a comment below. Do you think it's fair or not to keep these gorgeous giants in captivity for the benefit of entertaining us and our children? I look forward to your opinions about this.
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