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March 2nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

OSHA predicted whale would kill, then backed off

(CNN) – Back in 2007, a government safety group in California predicted a whale would eventually kill a trainer at Sea World, but then the agency backed off its warning.

Sadly, that happened last week in Orlando. A 40-year-old veteran Sea World trainer was killed by a giant orca. Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday in Chicago to say goodbye to Dawn Brancheau.

So, why did the investigators abruptly reverse their warning? Our Randi Kaye has the report.

Related: Whale trainer had 'dream job,' sister says

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  1. Rita Mary

    Mike is right! It's time to stop keeping animals captured for our amusement. Rita Mary

    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  2. Merrill Winston

    Regarding this business about taking animals from the wild for human entertainment, what's good for the killer whale is good for the gander. If the killer whales should be set free then close all circuses, close all zoos, close all aquariums and pass a law that requires all people with parrots (which are NON DOMESTICATED, but may be tame) to return them to the amazon. Until we decide that, stop picking on Sea World and focus on those entertainment venues that actually ABUSE animals first. If the killer whale goes, they all should go...

    March 3, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  3. ronvan

    Right on Target Mike:

    March 3, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  4. inde

    And we pay OSHA to tell us that? Any human with a brain and compassion would tell you that animals belong in the wild. We need Japan to stop whaling, circuses to stop stealing elephants and tigers, canada to stop their most cruel hunt, scientests to stop animal testing and let these animals live in peace! Not do stupid tricks for low life human amusement. Animals give so much to humans in need (Haiti etc) but we treat them with such disrespect. Let people visit large and beautiful sanctuaries for education. Seeing animals thrive and live in their natural enviornment is one of the best sites known to man. But, humans are destroying this for future generations.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:03 am |
  5. Mike Boiko

    It's clear as it has been since the moment this tragic event took place, it's all about protecting the SeaWorld company and the investment in their Killer Whales. Priority one is about protecting the brand, there is just too much $$$ at stake. That is the reason the OSHA report was "modified"..and why SeaWorld said the trainer had slipped, now it's the ponytail that caused this attack – ie. "Pilot Error" – not the fault of the Whale.

    SeaWorld's worst fear now is...that someone that day filmed the whole attack and that it hasn't reached the Internet yet. That would be a PR nightmare they're most afraid of – there were others filming that day.

    The OSHA report had to be "managed"...and this attack has to be "managed"


    March 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm |