| 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...
| Feb 27, 2010
| 12:24 PM
It was back to business at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium on Saturday, but there were some glaring differences in a show that has brought tourists from across the globe to the celebrate the beauty of jumping killer whales.
On an emotional morning that...
| Feb 24, 2010
A SeaWorld Orlando animal trainer was killed this afternoon during an accident at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, park and law enforcement officials said.
Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old with extensive training experience, drowned following a popular Dine with...
| Feb 24, 2010
The death of a trainer at Sea World has raised questions about the safety of keeping Orcas in captivity. About 20 witnesses were watching as a killer whale pulled Dawn Brancheau into the water and then dragged her across the tank. They say the whale was...
| Feb 25, 2010
| 12:46 PM
Investigators said today in a new report that SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau died from "multiple traumatic injuries and drowning" after a killer whale pulled her underwater by her long pony tail near the theme park's Shamu Stadium.