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February 25, 2010

Lighthearted @shamu Twitter feed disbanded

Posted: 03:55 PM ET

A day after a SeaWorld trainer died from being dragged underwater by a killer whale, the park has stopped posts on its lighthearted @shamu Twitter account.

Shamu is the famous name under which SeaWorld Orando’s trained killer whales perform in popular shows, doing tricks for audiences at the Florida park.

Dawn Brancheau, 40, had just finished a training session Wednesday when Tillikum, a 12,000-pound whale, grabbed her ponytail and dragged her into a 35-foot tank.

“At this difficult time, @Shamu will not be active. For Twitter updates follow @SeaWorld_Parks.” – read a post tweeted Thursday afternoon.

A post on Sea World’s blog said followers had been asking about the account’s silence since the accident.

“At this difficult time, @Shamu will not be active on Twitter, as users who follow @Shamu have come to expect posts that are light-hearted and perhaps a bit quirky,” the blog said. “SeaWorld’s other accounts, including @SeaWorld_Parks, will remain active and regular updates will be communicated through Twitter and other social networking platforms.”

The account, created about a year ago, had more than 9,900 followers as of Thursday afternoon.

Whale shows at the park also were canceled on Thursday.

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Angel L. Sanchez   February 27th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

I think they should kill the whale.

DAWN   February 27th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Killer wales should be left in the Ocean, where they belong. Sea World profits, should not dominates ones right for freedom.

cindy   February 27th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

It's pathetic that our "civilized" society continues the abuse of animals for sheer pleasure. People with half a brain should boycott all Sea World attractions until they are completely shut down. It's beyond wrong. It should be criminal. What greedy selfless creatures humans have "evolved" into.

Thomas   February 27th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

Free the Whales.

Kali   March 4th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

@Angel L. Sanchez Really? Really? It's the whale's fault for the ladies death so we should kill it? The death penalty doesn't work on is it supposed to work on whales. Really? For that matter, I was bitten by a cat when I was 5...let's go hunt his grandchildren down and bite them. An eye for an eye...Really?!

The trainer's family asked that the whale be taken care of the same way he always has been because that's what she would have wanted. Unless you work with animals, you can never understand how one little movement can be the difference between a good day and a very bad day.

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