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A new report reveals minute-by-minute details of the killer whale attack that claimed the life of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in February, including accounts from witnesses who said Brancheau briefly broke free from the 12,000-pound orca's grip.
The investigative report released Wednesday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Fla., includes a park surveillance video that captured the Feb. 24 attack, accounts from horrified witnesses and statements from SeaWorld employees who tried to rescue Brancheau, 40, after Tilikum pulled her underwater by her ponytail.
SeaWorld staff members quoted in the report said the 27-foot whale, who has been linked to three other SeaWorld deaths, had a history of "possessive behavior," refusing to release toys during training sessions. Trainer Lynne Schaber told investigators she feared for Brancheau's safety immediately after the attack began because Tilikum "normally keeps things that he has and will not release them."
Investigators said trainers told them that while Tilikum was deemed "to have tendencies that make him unsafe," the whale showed no signs of agitation or "unwillingness to perform" on the day of the attack.
Originally posted by walking_virus
We keep millions of human beings locked up in cages, don't give it a second's thought, and you're getting all worked up over a few circus whales in captivity and a dead hippie?