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.
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.
The tragic death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau killed by the orca Tilikum in 2010, captivated global media. Brancheau's death sparked a high profile lawsuit between OSHA and SeaWorld, plus a book, then a movie. But where does OSHA stand now?
From horrific orca captures to the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, David Kirby's groundbreaking investigative thriller chillingly exposes a side of SeaWorld deftly hidden from public view.
In a long-awaited decision in the OSHA versus SeaWorld case, Judge Ken Welsch has ruled that the park's trainers should be protected by physical barriers or some other means providing the same level of safety, when working with killer whales.