Shamu’s Twitter stream has come to an end after the death of one of the killer whale’s trainers at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. I wonder if the Shamu show will also come to an end in the coming months?
On Wednesday, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was drowned by one of the killer whales in her charge after it suddenly grabbed and dragged her under the water. Shamu, the collective and more appealing name given to the SeaWorld killer whales, was a celebrity to the extent that it even had its own Twitter page.
But, according to the Wall Street Journal, SeaWorld wisely decided to stop tweeting about Shamu’s endeavors in the aftermath of the trainer’s death. The last tweet, issued on Thursday (Feb. 25), read, “At this difficult time, @Shamu will not be active. For Twitter updates follow @SeaWorld_Parks.”
I think I’ll pass on that one thanks. Because I, like millions of other people, would rather see the end to the Shamu shows in favor of a return to the wild for these magnificent creatures. There’s a reason they were named killer whales and not Shamu.