The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a trainer was killed earlier today during a performance of Believe, the killer whale show, at SeaWorld Orlando. According to reports, one of the whales lept from the tank and grabbed the trainer by the waist and began "thrashing her around." The stadium was evacuated as medical personnel tended to the victim.
Trainer Dawn Brancheau was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Orlando Attractions Magazine, Screamscape, and Jaunted have updates on the incident.
A Twitterer named SapphicKitty was in the audience and managed to snap this picture as the show began. (Note: It's not of anything graphic. Just one of the whales before the show.)
An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. Based on the nature of the story I doubt many more details are going to be forthcoming. It's a wild animal with "killer" in its name. Sadly these things are bound to happen from time to time.
Nevertheless, our thoughts and prayers are with the trainer, her friends and family, and the entire SeaWorld and Blackstone family.
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