Writer. Warning: opinions. My lawyer advised a disclaimer, but didn't include any jokes to go with. Damned if I can think of any either.

Shamu Kills Trainer

First of all, let me just say that my sincere condolences go out to the family of the trainer who was killed by a killer whale yesterday at Sea World. As someone who has experienced a death in the family, I know it can be rough.

Even though I don’t know the trainer personally, I think that surely the question of death by whale had to cross her mind, much as a cyclist thinks about getting hit by a car. I think that anyone who works in that environment surely must say to themselves “Well, it’s unlikely, but if the worst happens, I’d still rather be doing what I love day to day”.

After all, they are called killer whales. Not groovy whales, or like-to-hang-out-in-peace whales, but killer whales. It’s a wonder its taken them so long to rise up and lay the aquatic smack down, what with all the hoop jumping and whatnot.

I think that wild animals are, for the most part, best left in the wild to do their thing. Sure, I maintain an army of trained animals here in my hermit lair, but I am a special case. I’m more animal than man. I can communicate with them.

So I’m sad that someone who loves animals got killed by the very ones she loved so much, but maybe its time to let the whole zoo idea go. I’m not sure that zoos or SeaWorld are providing a service to humanity as much as they are just a business model that happens to educate as a side benefit.

I’ll have to think some more on that, but in the meantime, stay safe out there, animal lovers!