Is SeaWorld getting ready to do the right thing & let Tilikum (and possible orca companions) go to Iceland to retire to a sea pen? David Kirby, author of the up & coming book « Death at Seaworld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, » says the rumours are out there that this could be the case.
At around 11:00 in the radio interview, David Kirby reveals there is talk that Gov’t of Iceland might take Tilikum back and that someone has apparently come up with the $$ to put him in a sea pen. As Kirby says, « SeaWorld would get rid of the Tilikum problem…and get PR points for doing the right thing in allowing this show business animal that has been performing his entire life to go retire — possibly back in Iceland. » There is talk of others whales as well that might be eligible for retirement
Into the Culture of Seaworld and How the Business is Changing Identity
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
By: Mark Simpson
January 31, 2012 | Seaworld Orlando is moving forward after the death of an Orca trainer in 2010. Three new expansions are in the works, and an ongoing OSHA case could change how Seaworld operates with its famed Killer Whales. Intersection host Mark Simpson talks with author David Kirby about his book, « Death at Seaworld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity. » Later in the show former Seaworld trainer Jon Jett and Rollins College business ethics expert Mark Johnston discuss the ocean park’s training culture and business strategies as Seaworld redefines itself as more than just Shamu.