Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tilikum - A Whale of a Tale

Tim Zimmermann wrote a great in-depth article called Killer in the Pool about Tilikum and the trainer, Dawn Brancheau that he killed in February this year. If you have time, its a great article about whale captivity with a focus on Tilikum.

Since its was pretty recent, I thought I would also mention the dolphin that tried to escape her tank on July 4th. This was during a show at Okinawa's Churaumi Aquarium. It doesn't appear to me that (the female dolphin named Kuru) was "playing around and jumped out by accident from the momentum" as Hideshi Teruya, Manager of the dolphin section of Churaumi told the Associated Press. Looks more like 6 years was enough of just hanging out in a tank...

More info:
The Japan Times Online
Tim Zimmermann - My source for all of the above info

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