Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Statement on Captive Orcas & the Trainer Killed at Sea World
In February 24th, 2010, trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by Tilikum, an orca at Sea World’s Orlando park. This was the third death associated with Tilikum while in captivity.
The tragic death of the trainer questions the need to keep such wild, enormous, complex, intelligent and free-ranging animals in captivity, where their behaviour is not only unnatural, it can become pathological. Jean-Michel Cousteau comments and shares his highly informed point of view.