Tragedy struck Sea World Orlando today when a trainer lost her life during an encounter with a whale. News of this incident hit Twitter even before reaching mainstream outlets. While they “are not revealing the identity of the victim, a local TV station is reporting that a female employee was killed after she was grabbed by one of the theme park’s whales at the start of a public show.” Continue reading for the news report.

Park guest Victoria Biniak told the station that the trainer was a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see. At that point, Biniak said, the whale came up from the water and grabbed the woman.

[via LAtimes]