| Mar 1, 2010
| 1:21 PM
CHICAGO — As the Rev. Thomas McCarthy finished his homily Monday for SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Brancheau, at least a dozen candles flickered to represent the "light" she gave to her work, family, friends and faith.
"We must honor her by giving...
| Mar 2, 2010
| 9:53 AM
The chaotic moments surrounding Dawn Brancheau's death were detailed Monday in dozens of witness statements released by the Sheriff's Office, and they told authorities that Tilikum the killer whale kept Brancheau underwater for many minutes and did not...
| Mar 1, 2010
| 5:17 PM
SeaWorld has a policy forbidding its killer-whale trainers from having "dangling hair" that the animals could grab onto, according to records from a workplace-safety investigation at the company's San Diego theme park.
Investigators with the California...
| Mar 3, 2010
| 6:30 AM
As SeaWorld and the team of outside experts it has assembled comb through the company's safety policies following last week's fatal killer-whale accident, they face an important question: How close is too close for the trainers who work with the company's...
| Mar 6, 2010
| 5:13 PM
The recent killer whale attack at SeaWorld could have been the end of the theme park. It was that bad.
An experienced, professional trainer was killed in front of a live audience, including children, by the park's iconic performer. But it appears by...
| Mar 5, 2010
| 8:46 PM
For many years, SeaWorld singled out animal training — the department responsible for the company's trainer-safety protocols — from the rest of its animal disciplines.
The company had a corporate-level executive responsible solely for...
| Mar 8, 2010
Consider the predicament SeaWorld managers find themselves in nearly two weeks after the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau — the third human fatality linked to a killer whale synonymous with the theme park's brand.
In the short term, they have to...
| Mar 10, 2010
| 7:41 PM
I don't want to see the video of Tilikum attacking SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.
I get the picture enough that I don't have to see the picture. I understand the family's desire to keep video from public release and, while this is heresy coming from...
| Apr 28, 2010
| 7:58 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A SeaWorld Orlando trainer managed to free herself for a short time and tried to swim to the surface after she was dragged underwater by a killer whale, but the animal thwarted her attempts by striking her at least twice, according to a...
| Mar 25, 2010
| 1:23 PM
Most law-enforcement photos and images become public records in Florida, but the blood and gore often found in them can be a personal trauma for victims' families.
Judges across the state have looked for creative ways to protect grieving families while...
| May 14, 2010
The signature killer whale show, "Believe," at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida has changed dramatically since the tragic death in February of trainer Dawn Brancheau.
Those who sit in the "soak zone," the seats closest to the pool, still get drenched, and the...
| Jun 6, 2010
| 4:50 PM
A killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando died Sunday from complications that arose while she was giving birth, officials said.
The park said Taima, a 20-year-old orca born at SeaWorld Orlando in 1990, died late in the afternoon, approximately 20 hours after...