What will be the effect of Tilikum's return to SeaWorld Orlando?
Written by Robert Niles
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.Tweet
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.
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