SeaWorld employees on Tuesday testified at a federal job safety hearing that, while the behavior of killer whales is is extremely predictable, the job of working with a 6-ton marine mammal carries a calculated risk.
Tilikum, the killer whale that killed a SeaWorld trainer last year, has returned to the stage at the Orlando, Florida, theme park. Tilikum made his return appearance Wednesday morning in front of an audience in the "Believe" show.
â¢ Even before spending time at the Teen Choice Awards, David Beckham was keeping things youthful. The soccer stud spent a boys-only weekend with his sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, as well as good pal Gordon Ramsay and his son Jack. The guys went camping in San Clemente, Calif., then invaded San Diego, where they checked into the Hard Rock Hotel and also grabbed some Pinkberry yogurt. Next, it was off to SeaWorld, where the group got a VIP tour. The guys capped off their day with dinner at Nobu inside their hotel followed by one more trip to Pinkberry.
When it comes to animal exploitation -- follow the money. Using animals for entertainment is big business, plain and simple. The killer whale Tilikum has helped SeaWorld sell millions of dollars worth of tickets.
An autopsy report released Wednesday confirmed that a SeaWorld trainer killed after a 12,000-pound killer whale pulled her underwater died of drowning and traumatic injuries to her body, including her spine, ribs and head.
Before I started working on the documentary "The Cove," I assumed like many others that dolphins and orcas enjoyed living at Sea World and other marine parks. They always seemed to be smiling, jumping merrily around their tanks, eager to put on a show for human spectators.
Killer whales can weigh up to 22,000 pounds, and may be as long as 32 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They often travel in groups of up to 50, being highly social.
A whale trainer at SeaWorld died from "multiple traumatic injuries and drowning" after a 12,000-pound killer whale grabbed her ponytail and pulled her underwater in front of shocked onlookers at Shamu Stadium, the Orange County Sheriff's office said Thursday.
â¢ Slumdog Millionaire sweethearts Freida Pinto and Dev Patel arrived for a romantic getaway at San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel "wrapped arm in arm, whispering in each other's ears," an onlooker says. Patel carried his girlfriend's bag into their suite before stepping out for dinner a deux at Nobu. The duo also swung by SeaWorld, where over the weekend they took a VIP tour and fed the animals. Before checking out, the couple relaxed at Float, the hotel's poolside lounge, then took a train back to L.A.