Could the Seaworld tragedy have been avoided? Strange new information provides an insight into a killer whale’s sex life.
Yea, it is possible the big guy was hormonal.
“…Tilikum, the male killer whale that fatally injured trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of a stunned audience at SeaWorld in Orlando on Wednesday, was a breeding “stud” often housed in isolation. Experts believe he did not kill for food, but may have been acting out due to stress and raging hormones. While some reports have been portraying Tilikum as a particularly aggressive orca, a nearly identical incident involving another killer whale male named Ky occurred in July 2004 at the San Antonio SeaWorld. Trainer Steve Aibel, like Brancheau, was pulled underwater by the whale, which also attempted to bite, but Aibel walked away uninjured. He later blamed Ky’s “adolescent hormones” for the episode. Marine biologist Nancy Blake told Discovery News that Tilikum could have acted out for similar reasons….”