dawn brancheau, 40, was dragged to her death by killer whale tilikum (not pictured) the whale would not let us have her, another trainer, jodie ann. It marked the third time the animal had been involved in a human death. The whale, named tilikum, apparently grabbed brancheau by her long ponytail, according to the head of animal training at all seaworld parks, chuck tompkins. Dawn brancheau, 40, drowned in february last year after six-ton orca tilikum pulled her under the water at the end of a show at the park in orlando, florida. Jul 5, 2016 - in memory of alexis martnez and dawn brancheau courtesy of estefana luis rodriguez. tilikum, the orca which killed trainer dawn brancheau at seaworld orlando, is to resume performing. Whilst i do believe that its appalling to keep creatures in aquaria and parks who can live a fulfilling life outside them - surely the most sensible way to handle this particular animal was to never show him again? They have other orcas who can perform - and it seems like sheer greed that.