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Documentary Claims Captivity Turned SeaWorld Orca, Tilikum, Into a Killer

In 2010, when Tilikum the orca drowned trainer Dawn Brancheau at the SeaWorld Orland Theme Park in Florida, it was devastating news. ...

OTTAWA, (AFP) - Hold the icebreaker! Eleven killer whales facing imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in Hudson Bay on Canada's Arctic shore managed to free themselves Thursday. "Mother Nature freed them," Peter Inukpuk, mayor of Inukjuak, told AFP, explaining that the new moon overnight had shifted currents and swept the two adult whales and nine smaller ones into open waters. Video posted on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website on Wednesday had showed the giant sea mammals trapped, taking turns to breathe...

Set on the rugged western coast of Vancouver Island and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, THE WHALE describes what happens when Luna, a baby orca, gets separated from his family and unexpectedly starts making contact with people along a scenic fjord called Nootka Sound. Because orcas are highly social beings who spend their lives traveling with their pods, Luna attempts to find a surrogate family among the area residents, much to their delight. But as word spreads about Luna, people become torn between their love for the lonely young whale and fears that human contact might harm him. Luna was a 2-year-old orphan killer...

Gerard Julien, AFP / Getty Images A tragedy that claimed the life of one of SeaWorld Orlando's animal trainers Wednesday has shut down the popular "Believe" shows and "Dine with Shamu" experiences at all SeaWorld locations indefinitely. According to details released by SeaWorld to CNN, Dawn Brancheau, 40, had just completed a session with killer whale Tilikum in front of a crowd at the Orlando theme park. Although she was standing outside the pool, Brancheau's long blonde ponytail was in reach of the whale, who grabbed it in his mouth and pulled her underwater. Cited as one of the park's "most experienced animal trainers" in a letter posted by SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison on the company Web...