What will be the effect of Tilikum's return to SeaWorld Orlando?
As of this morning, Tilikum is back "on stage" at SeaWorld Orlando
. The park's largest orca was the one that killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010, and has been kept out of the public eye since then.
Tilikum, in 2009
Tikikum has returned to the show tank at SeaWorld Orlando, but the trainers still have not. They're supposed to be working their way back into the water, under controlled conditions "back stage," but there's no word on when they might reappear in the water with the whales during the show. In fact, the current Shamu show, "Believe," is on its way out, anyway, to be replaced with the new "One Ocean" choreography next month.
I'll ask you to respond in the comments whether you think Tilikum's public return is a good or bad idea. But I'd also like to take a vote on whether the return of the park's biggest killer whale will have any influence upon your decision to visit SeaWorld.
The trainers will be out of the water, so nothing should happen.
I saw this yesterday and I was so excited. The only reason I go to the whale show (after seeing it 100+ times in 2 years) is to get splashed. None of the other whales can do as good of a job as Tilly. I'll be there on Friday (barring a tornando warning) to get soaked again!
So I've read a few of the improvements... (Like the non-touching massages, and the elevator flooring) I guess things are better, but this news didn't surprised me one bit. Seaworld first didn't do anything (to) or a out Tilikum, never did they said it wouldn't be back or (to my knowledge) that trainers won't perform in the water "ever" again. So it wouldn't surprised me either if one day trainers are back performing too.
I forgot to put my name in "The Show" will go on... Comment
Won't impact whether or not I visit. Nonetheless i still do not like the trainers in the water.
I'm sure the trainers have a say in whether or not they're back in the water with the Orcas, but Tilikum? I don't think he should be part of shows considering he has killed 3 people. I just hope Tommy Lee and PETA don't make a stink about this. PETA kills more animals than saves them every year. And Tommy Lee is just using his pseudo celebrity status to speak his ignorance.
I am worried about his return to the shows and I don't think the trainers should be allowed in the water with him. Yes he is a great performer but until we can start reading whales minds I just dont think its a good idea. I don't know much about whales but I figure its the same with any animal- as soon as they taste blood they have the thirst for it. Dogs have been proven to be this way and Im sure whales are no different.
I,m disaponted i would think 3 lives would be worth at least a retirement. Don,t worry PETA wont do much it was Humans killed.
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