Posted: Feb 27, 2010 8:18 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 27, 2010 8:18 AM
The first killer whale show at Florida's SeaWorld since the death of a trainer is expected to have a much different look for the throngs of spectators expected.
Trainers won't be allowed in the water, meaning the spectacular stunts, like handlers surfing on top of the whales won't be done. And a video tribute is planned for Dawn Brancheau, the 40-year-old veteran trainer who was rubbing the 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum when he grabbed her ponytail and pulled her in.
Protesters who think the killer whales should be released into the wild plan to demonstrate outside the park today.
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment President Jim Atchison says Tilikum will remain an "active, contributing member of the team." The whale has been linked to three human deaths.
The killer whale show is big business and part of SeaWorld's image. A consultant says they're worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the park's owners.