Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Whale of a Tale

The violent antics of the homicidal killer whale Tillikum that have cost the life of a female trainer who was killed before a horrified crowd have caused Sea World Parks & Entertainment to rethink their use of social media. According to one story, first the park shut down the Twitter feed of its killer whale mascot Shamu who announced the end of his tweeting in a message that acknowledged its inappropriateness at a "difficult time." Although killer whale shows have resumed, one wouldn't know it from the park's blog, which emphasizes sea lions, water slides, and wildlife rescue operations, as though killer whales were never part of how the park draws crowds to its site.

At least those morbidly searching for video on YouTube of the deadly event are likely to be Rick Roll'd as comeuppance.



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