Shamu Show Suspended for Third Day

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    ORLANDO - FEBRUARY 24: The sign at the entrance to SeaWorld February 24, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. A female trainer who presumably slipped and fell in to a holding tank was fatally injured after she was attacked by an orca. This is the third human death associated with the killer whale according to the Humane Society of the United States. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

    SeaWorld in San Diego will suspend the Shamu show for a third day on Friday after a trainer was killed by an orca in Orlando, Fla.

    Spokesman David Koontz says SeaWorld is offering its trainers counseling and are reviewing all its procedures, including how the trainers interact with animals. Park officials have not determined whether the show will resume Saturday.

    Visitors can still see the orcas from the park's walkways.

    A veteran SeaWorld trainer was rubbing a killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday from a poolside platform when the 12,000-pound creature reached up, grabbed her ponytail in its mouth and dragged her underwater. Despite workers rushing to help, the trainer, Dawn Brancheau drowned.

    Horrified visitors who had stuck around after a noontime show watched the animal charge through the pool with the trainer in its jaws. Workers used nets as an alarm sounded, but it was too late.