Keltie Lee Byrne (December 6, 1970 - February 20, 1991) was a Canadian competitive swimmer, and part time marine biology student at Sealand of the Pacific.
Death[edit | edit source]
On February 20, 1991, Keltie slipped and fell into the whale pool after a show. Tilikum, Nootka IV, and Haida II dragged and repeatedly submerged her until she drowned, despite other trainers' efforts to rescue her. The poor relations between the whales, unfamiliarity with trainers in the water, and the pregnancy of at least one of the females (Haida II) were cited as possible causes.