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Incident report into park trainer's death raises concerns Special

Puerto De La Cruz - Two months prior to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, another SeaWorld-owned orca killed trainer Alexis Martinez. The official incident report filed after the accident, revealed several concerns.

Op-Ed: Bombed by Blackfish, fallout continues for SeaWorld

Around 1.4 million people tuned in to watch Blackfish when it premiered on CNN last week. It was good news for CNN but bad news for SeaWorld. From open letters to tweets and Facebook comments, SeaWorld is being battered by public opinion.

Op-Ed: Amid SeaWorld's silence, Blackfish premieres tonight on CNN

A week-long series of specials about orcas in captivity culminates tonight with the premiere of Blackfish on CNN. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's damning documentary focuses on Tilikum, SeaWorld's prime bull orca.

Documents reveal date of Tilikum's capture

Tilikum, SeaWorld's prime bull orca was captured off the coast of Iceland in November 1983. Now newly released documents finally pin down Tilikum's capture date and his exact location at the time of capture.

Op-Ed: Four deaths not enough, SeaWorld wants trainers back in the water

Orlando - Not content with four deaths and numerous injuries to trainers by its killer whales, SeaWorld is rolling out a big shot lawyer in an attempt to get its trainers back into the water with captive orcas.

Op-Ed: Orca bloodlines show rampant inbreeding in captive orcas

After Loro Parque in Spain, announced the death of a 10-month old SeaWorld-owned orca named Vicky, questions were raised over SeaWorld's breeding program.

Tilikum talks — Orca's story told in book and film

With both David Kirby's book -- Death At SeaWorld debuting in paperback, and the documentary 'Blackfish' opening across US and UK theatres, July is looking to become Tilikum's month.

Video: Former trainers host Q&A session on Tilikum's turf

Sarasota - Several former SeaWorld trainers walked the red carpet April 5 for the Sarasota Film Festival premiere of the movie Blackfish. Following the movie's conclusion, a Q&A session held with a packed crowd at the Van Wezel theatre garnered a standing ovation.

Op-Ed: Blackfish documentary gets rave reviews and global distribution

After a strong showing and rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary 'Blackfish', have been snagged for theatrical release in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Op-Ed: Documents show SeaWorld waited 27 mins to call 911 after attack Special

Orlando - In Feb. 2010, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed during a show by the orca Tilikum. Official documents from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, showed that SeaWorld dispatchers waited 27 minutes before dialing 911 for help. Why?

Whales not slaves rules judge in PETA - SeaWorld case

San Diego - Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises cannot claim rights under the 13th Amendment as they are whales, not human, a judge ruled in the first ever case which considered the constitutional rights of animals.

Whales named as plaintiffs as PETA sues SeaWorld

Kasatka, Corky, Ulises, Tilikum and Katrina are killer whales that PETA claims are held in slavery by SeaWorld. The five whales are named as the plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by PETA against SeaWorld, presented before a judge on February 7.

SeaWorld's Tilikum is sick, can't move in pool Special

Orlando - Tilikum, the orca responsible for the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010 is sick. SeaWorld reports that the orca is responding to care. One conservation group however, is surprised he's still alive.

Orca who killed SeaWorld trainer performs again amid protests

Orlando - Tilikum, the SeaWorld ocra responsible for the death of 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau, was greeted by thunderous applause when he took the stage at Shamu Stadium while animal rights activists gathered outside the gates of the Orlando park.

SeaWorld trainers prepare to swim with killer whales again

Orlando - SeaWorld officials say they are preparing trainers to re-enter the tanks with the park's killer whales for the first time in a year following the death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by the orca Tilikum in full view of an audience.
 

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PETA accused Orange County Sheriff s Office of a botched investigation and SeaWorld  of a cover up.
PETA accused Orange County Sheriff's Office of a botched investigation and SeaWorld, of a cover up.
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Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando.
Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando.
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Where the location of Tilikum s capture was thought to be. The whale was taken close to Djúpivogur.
Where the location of Tilikum's capture was thought to be. The whale was taken close to Djúpivogur.
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Dr. Ventre worked with Dawn Brancheau who was killed by the orca Tilikum in 2010.
Dr. Ventre worked with Dawn Brancheau who was killed by the orca Tilikum in 2010.
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This authentic but blurry image of the rescue attempt to deploy the net and aid Dawn was taken from ...
This authentic but blurry image of the rescue attempt to deploy the net and aid Dawn was taken from the timeline of the camera at G Pool. Dawn's body was noted as lifeless at 7 minutes, with the 911 call still around 19 minutes from being forwarded to the Sheriff's office.
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Keto  Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
Keto, Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
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Where Tilikum was captured according to coordinates.
Where Tilikum was captured according to coordinates.
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Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite introduces the movie to a packed crowd at the Van Wezel Pe...
Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite introduces the movie to a packed crowd at the Van Wezel Performance Art hall. The movie kicked off the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival.
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Captured from the ocean in 1983  Tilikum s life revolves around entertaining the mass public at SeaW...
Captured from the ocean in 1983, Tilikum's life revolves around entertaining the mass public at SeaWorld.
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