Shamu Show Closed after deadly whale incident in Orland
SeaWorld in San Diego has canceled its Shamu whale show at least for Wednesday after an Orlando SeaWorld employee was killed in an encounter having a whale at that theme park.
“We’re terribly saddened by the loss with the member of our SeaWorld family, it doesn’t matter what park,” said SeaWorld San Diego spokesman David Koontz. “We have canceled our afternoon Shamu show here today.”
Koontz said park officials had yet to make a decision about to whether to cancel Thursday’s show.
Orlando SeaWorld officials aren’t revealing the identity with the victim, although a local TV station is reporting that the female employee was killed right after she was grabbed by 1 of the theme park’s whales at first on the public show. Park guest Victoria Biniak told the station that the trainer would be a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished trying to explain to the audience the show they were going to see.
At this point, Biniak said, the whale came up in the water and grabbed the woman.
“He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,” Biniak said.