This in in memory of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who was tragically killed in an accident Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in the sensational Shamu show at SeaWorld Orlando. It is the wish of her family on her behalf that no harm come to the Killer Whale. The first YouTube video presents a tribute to Dawn by SeaWorld and the second video shows her actual performance with the Whale.
Brancheau was born in south suburban Evergreen Park but was raised in Cedar Lake, Ind., the youngest of six children. A 1987 graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind., where she was student body president, Brancheau received psychology and biology degrees from the University of South Carolina.. In college Brancheau was on the dance team and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
After college, Brancheau met her husband, Scott, in the cafeteria at SeaWorld. They have been living in St. Cloud, Fla., with their chocolate labs, Ruger and Maggi.
Dawn died doing what she loved in an accident with the whale she loved, Tillikum, the largest Orca whale in captivity. May she always be remembered for her work with the whales and the delight she brought to millions with her inspired work.