Whale that killed SeaWorld trainer involved in other deaths

Whale that killed SeaWorld trainer involved in other deaths

ORLANDO, FL (AP) - A SeaWorld spokesman says a killer whale that attacked and killed a trainer in Orlando Wednesday is the same one involved in two other deaths, including a Canada trainer's.

SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs says the whale that killed 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of a horrified audience Wednesday is Tilikum. Tilikum was one of three whales blamed for killing a trainer in 1991 at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

Park guest Victoria Biniak told WKMG-TV that Brancheau  had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see. Biniak told the station the whale suddenly came up from the water, grabbed her around the waist and "thrashed her all around" to the point the trainer's shoe fell off.

The guests were evacuated and the park was closed.

A man's body was also found draped over Tilikum at Orlando SeaWorld in July 1999.

Daniel Dukes reportedly made his way past security at SeaWorld and either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water of Tilikum's huge tank.

An autopsy ruled that he died of hypothermia, but authorities said it appeared Tilikum bit the man and tore off his swimming trunks.

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