In the wake of the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, killed by a whale named Tilikum at SeaWorld Wednesday, Robert Rose, curator at the Miami Seaquarium, said on "The Early Show" Friday he has no fear of the killer whales in his care. He said his relationship with the whales at the Seaquarium has been built over years through countless hours of interaction and play.
"They're part of our family. We care very deeply about these animals," he said. "We really love and enjoy what we do as trainers."
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Rose said he knew Brancheau and his wife worked with her. He said this is a difficult time for people in the wildlife industry. He said his heart goes out to her friends and family.
To see the interview with Rose, click on the video below:
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