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Whales Perform for First Time Since Trainer's Death

Saturday, 27 Feb 2010 11:09 AM

Hundreds of people are watching killer whales perform at SeaWorld for the first time since one of the orcas dragged a trainer to her death underwater in front of horrified spectators three days ago.

The enormous outdoor amphitheater was about three-quarters full Saturday despite chilly, rainy weather, with the orca pool registering at 52 degrees.

Several people wept as a photo montage was shown in memory of Dawn Brancheau (bran-CHOH'), the 40-year-old veteran trainer who was pulled into water by a 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum.

Before the show started, the whale trainers received a standing ovation as they approached the platform.

This show is different, however. SeaWorld said it temporarily was not allowing trainers in the water after Brancheau's death.

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