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All rights reserved. The drowning of a Florida SeaWorld animal trainer by " Shamu "—the stage name assigned to multiple SeaWorld captive killer whales —is not typical behavior for the whales, scientists say. See a picture of another Shamu at the California SeaWorld. Perryman knows of a report of a killer whale coming up from the ice in Antarctica and bumping photographers, but in that case, the animal "slid back in the water and swam away," he said. Dawn Brancheau, an experienced year-old animal trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, was killed yesterday afternoon.
Who is Shamu?
Since then, celebrities have condemned SeaWorld, consumers have begun to turn their backs on cetacean captivity, and profits and ticket sales have dropped. The original Shamu was the fourth orca SeaWorld ever captured. She lived in SeaWorld San Diego in the s, where she performed tricks for audiences. After six years in captivity, Shamu died. Before her death, she seriously injured several people, including Anne Eckis, a SeaWorld employee, who she bit during a live recorded performance. Shamu had reportedly shown signs of erratic behavior before the incident. She became a brand. The company has been accused of cruelty to animals on countless occasions. Various animal rights campaigns have compared the tanks at SeaWorld to living in a bathtub. To match the amount of swimming an orca would do in the wild in one day, they would have to swim around the tank 4, times.
SeaWorld has taken its final steps in distancing itself from Shamu, and the accompanying legacy of animals in captivity; earlier this year, it was announced that the water-centric theme park has rebranded its last remaining Shamu-themed attraction. The change comes as part of a Sesame Street attraction currently being built in the Orlando park, while San Antonio has long had a Sesame Street theme in the area around the former Shamu Express. In fact, it has long been speculated that SeaWorld will soon become a Sesame Place entirely.