Weekly Photo Challenge: Big
When I took this picture, I had no idea how BIG it was going to be. We went to SeaWorld in 2009, and I took this picture in the Orca Show. The girl in the photo is Dawn Brancheau, who a year or so later was killed by one of these whales. I feel incredible sadness when I look at this picture and think of the life that was taken away, even though she was doing something she loved so much. I can’t imagine the terror she felt as Tilikum dragged her under and under and under again until she could no longer breathe. They say he grabbed her by her ponytail and whipped her around. When I heard what had happened, I pulled up this old picture, and sure enough, here she was with one of her whales. I am not sure which one this one is. I hope it is not Tilikum.