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The Believe killer whale show will resume today (February 27) at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, 3 days after trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in an incident with a whale at the Orlando park.

SeaWorld has confirmed that shows will resume at all 3 parks, although trainers will not be allowed in the water with the whales until the cause of the tragedy on Wednesday is established. The company says that Tilikum, the whale involved in the incident, will continue to take part in shows although the male orca will not be involved in Saturday's performances.

The company has also confirmed that it will establish a charitable trust in honor of Brancheau. It will aim to support children's charities that Brancheau helped during her lifetime. SeaWorld Orlando will also show a video tribute to the trainer as part of the 11am performance of Believe today.

Brancheau, a 12-year veteran at SeaWorld, was killed when the 30-year old Tilikum pulled her into the water by her ponytail and drowned her following a show on February 24. The death has sparked worldwide media coverage, and reignited the debate over whether killer whales should be in captivity or not.

Full details of SeaWorld's press conference regarding the incident on Friday can be found on the Orlando Sentinel website, while a video tribute to Brancheau by Chuck Tompkins, Head of Animal Training for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, can be viewed here.


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