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Killer SeaWorld Whale Back In Action

Trainer Joe Sanchez works with killer whale Kayla during the "Believe" show in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Orlando, Fla. (AP)
Trainer Joe Sanchez works with killer whale Kayla during the "Believe" show in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Orlando, Fla. (AP)

In February 2010, a killer whale at SeaWorld lived up to its name and dragged a SeaWorld trainer underwater and killed her. Now, that whale is back performing at the park in Orlando.

In July, we dove into the life of captive whales and the SeaWorld tragedy. Back then, the country was shocked. We found that maybe we shouldn't have been.

From the AP:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The killer whale that drowned a trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld facility last year is slated to perform for the first time since the incident.

SeaWorld officials say Tilikum will participate in the park's "Believe" show beginning Wednesday morning.

Tilikum drowned 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau on Feb. 24, 2010, and has not participated in a show since then, while park officials are spending millions making safety upgrades.

Plans to get trainers back in the water with the whales progressed earlier this month despite findings last summer by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that accused SeaWorld of recklessly putting trainers in danger.

SeaWorld Animal Training Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark says they feel it's an important part of Tilikum's physical, social and mental enrichment to be back in the water.

Our main guest on the Killer Whale show, "Outside" magazine writer Tim Zimmerman, also wrote an On Point Blog post addressing various criticisms of his article.

This program aired on March 30, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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