On February 24, 2010, Tilly, a killer whale, brutally attacked an animal trainer at SeaWorld. Tilly jerked her into the pool, thrashing her around underwater as dozens of horrified tourists watched. SeaWorld President Dan Brown said none of its parks had ever experienced a similar incident. He pledged a thorough review of the park’s procedures. Many would assume that this was a “freak accident”, or was unpreventable and unpredictable.
As we took a look at the past history of Tilly and different information about SeaWorld, it became clear that this incident was no “freak accident”. We found out a couple of key facts that explained why this incident occurred.
- Tilly had been involved in two previous killings.
- There was a similar incident four years prior at San Diego SeaWorld.
- The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health warned SeaWorld of this type of event.
After analyzing the situation and looking at the key facts of Tilly, we can conclude that this incident was in fact preventable and predictable. There is no such thing as “chance” or “randomness”. Even seemingly incredulous incidents can be understood when looking at the dominant information.
1. This link contains a article about the 2010 incident with Tilly (the orca).
2.This link contains Background Information about Tilly the Orca and his past history.