Sea World Trainer Killed:Tilikum Killer Attack, What Caused It ?
Sea World Trainer Killed by Tilikum and Orca Killer Whale: Attack Caused by Hormones?
With the recent tragic death of Dawn Brancheau, the Sea World Trainer who was killed by Tilikum, an Orca Killer Whale at Orlandos Shamu Sea World people are naturally asking why? What happened? What caused Tilikum, the Orca to attack his trainer?
One theory is high Testosterone levels and mating may have triggered the unusual behavior in the whale which led to such tragic consequences Discovery News is reporting.
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.
The news surround the Tilikum's attack becomes more troubling. Apparently, Tilikum started breeding at an exceptionally young age for an Orca. Discovery News sites studies on hormone leves of Orcas. If Tilikum did indeed have Testosterone levels and since Tilikum was a breeding stud then it could have implications for the off spring.
A parent with unusually high testosterone, or a predisposition to hormone swings, could pass that on to offspring, so whales like Tilikum that are particularly good breeders could be producing whales with a tendency for behavioral problems.
Of course hormones would not be the only factor to explain the attack, likely environmental issues like Tilikum being isolated could have contributed to what happened at Sea World in Orlando.