Over the holidays, we asked you, our fans, to help us with something very special -- choosing the name for our baby killer whale.
We are saddened to report that Kalina, a 25-year-old killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando, died Monday, October 4 after a sudden illness.
According to park veterinarians, Kalina showed no signs of illness as recently as Friday and had good appetite on Sunday, October 3. She began exhibiting signs of discomfort Monday afternoon and died suddenly in the early evening. A necropsy will be performed, but the cause of her unexpected death won’t be known for up to six weeks.
Orlando, Fla., August 23, 2010 -- SeaWorld disagrees with the unfounded allegations made by OSHA today and have already informed the agency that we will contest this citation. The safety of our guests and employees and the welfare of our animals are core values for SeaWorld and areas in which we do not compromise.
In response to a question during the February 26 press conference, SeaWorld informed the media that Tilikum would return to shows. That remains our plan, but a final decision will come only after we complete the thorough review of the procedures that guide our interaction with killer whales. Training, whether for husbandry, veterinary care, fitness, enrichment or shows, is a critical feature of animal health.
Today in memory of Dawn we are doing a tribute to her before the first Believe show at each of our three SeaWorld parks. This has been an extremely difficult time for the entire Shamu family. We believe that Dawn would want our work with these whales, that she loved so much, to continue. So with that in mind, we dedicate our shows this weekend to our dear friend.
February 26, 2010
A Message from Jim Atchison
President and Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Earlier today, we held a press conference at SeaWorld Orlando to discuss several things related to Wednesday's killer whale incident and the death of our trainer, Dawn Brancheau.
Today at 1:00 p.m. EST, from SeaWorld Orlando, Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, shared information regarding the company's review of the killer whale incident and plans for the killer whale program at each of the three SeaWorld parks.
Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment addressed Wednesday's killer whale incident. Atchison shared information regarding the company's review of the incident and plans for the killer whale program at each of the three SeaWorld parks.