Thunderous applause greeted SeaWorld's Tilikum Wednesday as the killer whale returned to the theme park's big stage, 13 months after grabbing trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and killing her.
When the world's largest captive orca made his splashy entrance, the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. These visitors, were obviously more concerned with spectacle than safety.
SeaWorld officials would not specify what safety precautions were instituted, but the new steal bars between the trainers and the whales are an obvious change.
The 12,000-pound whale has been involved with the death of a total of 3 people: Bracheau last year, a trainer in Canada in 1991, and a Sea World intruder who snuck into his tank after hours in 1999.
SeaWorld officials said that it was the 12,000-pound whale's "choice" to perform in the "Believe" show this morning and that none of the park's whales are coerced to participate.
The whale chose to preform?
There's nothing totally delusional about that.
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