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Serial Killer Whale

Lindell Kay | HOME PAGE | Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A killer whale involved in two other human deaths has claimed a third victim.

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Read news here.

Best comment on the article at jdnews.com:

“The guests were evacuated and the park closed? The entire park? I mean, it’s not like the whale was going to climb out of the tank and go all velociraptor on everyone…

And is anyone really surprised that the animal lived up to its name?”

- by angierm at 2/24/2010 7:53 PM EST

 

A source close to the animal kingdom told me that Killer Whales have been known to kill, hence the name.

8 Comments »

  1. I am also looking into if the whale was involved in the 1996 drowning death of a prostitute in Miami. Anyone with information please call Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

    Comment by Ace Ventura — February 25, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  2. “A good workplace safety rule is to keep employees apart if their weight differs by 11,850 pounds and the heavier one has two prior murders”-courtesy of someecards.com

    Comment by Maria Chonchita — February 25, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  3. Christina had to have known about the whale’s tendencies.

    Comment by Meadow Trail Muse — February 25, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  4. Very Interesting article. Was the Sea World killer whale a “marine mammal of interest” back in 2005?

    Read this Daily News article written by the equally interesting Joe Miller.

    Deputies get a charge out of aquatic course
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    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM
    JOE MILLER

    It’s not every day that the voice of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department puts tape over his mouth. But, it’s also not every day Sheriff Ed Brown rides a 50 ton whale through a pool.

    Brown was one of several brave souls who felt what it was like to get the ride of his life onboard a killer whale. The department held a class Wednesday to certify about 60 people in how to ride a whale, which is used to subdue problem prisoners or suspects. Call it waterboarding on top of a killer whale.

    “We look earthwide, to uncover new methods to gather information from new arrestees” said a soaking wet Brown.

    Ironically, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Shannon Whaley—no pun intended— taught the course, which involved a written test and training. He said the killer whale works by scaring the crap out of suspects and by holding them underwater for long periods of time. Sources within the Sheriffs Department said the rides have been known to last longer than it takes Doug Freeman to finish a smoke and a cup of coffee.

    The lack of oxygen to a person, incapacitates them long enough for deputies to make an arrest or get a solid confession even Dewey Hudson wouldn’t be afraid to try in court.

    “It gives them the same feeling of athletic exertion,” Whaley said.

    The killer whale, classified as a nonlethal weapon, can be used for those resisting
    arrest or attempting to flee. Whaley said it can also be used for suspects on
    mind-altering substances ands even for councilpersons who claim to live at a non existence domicile.

    “With 50 tons, it’s going to override even that,” he said.

    Brown said this is the first time deputies in the department will use killer whales,
    which cost about $800 each.

    “We’re always looking for different methods to bring extremely violent and
    threatening suspects under control with the least amount of danger and injury
    both to the inmate or the suspect and the officer,” Brown said.

    Brown continued, “As you know, I’m a CARING and LOVING Sheriff and in this case vis-a-vis the killer whale and garnering information in a case, I could CARE LESS about how the suspect feels and would LOVE getting a confession from a slippery individual just before their last bubble of air leaks from their lungs.”

    Comment by C. World — February 25, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  5. I’m surprised the Democrats didn’t run that killer whale against Scott Brown in Massachuettes.

    Heck, the whale’s two up (on dead bodies) on the former Senator Ted Kennedy.

    Comment by Mary Jo — February 25, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  6. Given the shallow nature of your research, and the shoddy way that you cut and paste articles together, I am surprised that you didn’t slap something together on this when you saw that this was a “marine” animal. Normally that would be enough for you to shoot something off to the editor vaguely referring to non-existent sources that you know that your asleep at the wheel editors will never question.

    For years, I have expected better from the author of BELTS and Two OPEN DOORS. I hope that in your new beat, you will have time to finish the novel about North Carolina’s role in the Civil War.

    As the Evangelist Luke would say…..do you like this city I am in better?

    Comment by 1923 Heming Way — February 26, 2010 @ 2:32 am

  7. As one animal expert said, “The Killer Whale is highly intelligent, it was premeditated!”

    Was Tilly sick of him and his fellow Orcas being exploited for their cuteness and charm? Was he planning a break out for them all? Or was he just sick and tired of seal lookalikes in human wetsuits shoving dead fish into his mouth? We will never know since Tilly has hired an attorney.

    Comment by Free Tilly — February 26, 2010 @ 8:48 am

  8. C. World: Creative post :)
    1923 Heming Way: It is easy to be a critic.

    Clearly, placing this endgangered species on display for entertainment purposes has the downfall of “accidental death” to people who train these animals. These orcas should not be held in captivity. These whales are not domesticated dog-like pack animals and should not be trained as such.

    In order to delist the animal in 28 years, the recovery plan for this animal suggests that it costs 1.5 million per year to maintain the current annual growth rate of 2.3%. Or roughly the cost of 3 “accidental deaths” per year? It is not unrealistic that this animal could be delisted in half the time and half the cost if these animals were marketed as an endangered species and not entertainment killer whales gone wrong.

    http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Marine-Mammals/Whales-Dolphins-Porpoise/Killer-Whales/ESA-Status/upload/SRKW-Recov-Plan.pdf

    Comment by smith — February 26, 2010 @ 10:18 am

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