Feb 262010
 

On Thursday, a young woman was killed by a whale.

Dawn Brancheau and the whale, Tilikum

Dawn Brancheau and the whale, Tilikum

She’d wanted to work with whales ever since she was a little girl, and got her wish fulfilled.

Now, since Dawn Brancheau’s death, there has been gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands, pointing of fingers and loading of guns, because this particular whale has now been responsible for three deaths since it’s captivity.  It’s the “dangerous dog” mentality.

However, as anyone who has a dog or cat will know, small bites and scratches are not uncommon with these domesticated animals, even the nice ones…

And the six tonne whale,an apex predator,  capable of swimming at 30 knots, armed with 3 inch teeth, even it was being ‘playful’ in it’s own terms, was only living up to it’s name…

It’s a Killer Whale

ABC link: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/national_world&id=7295643

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