Orca holds trainer underwater at SeaWorld SanDiego
Posted Thursday, November 30, 2006 10:06 AM | Contributed by dragonoffrost
Shamu the killer whale injured a trainer during a show at SeaWorld Adventure Park by grabbing his foot and pulling him underwater twice, authorities said. The 39-year-old man was hospitalized in good condition after Wednesday's show, said Mike Scarpuzzi, a park official. Scarpuzzi, who oversees zoological operations, said he did not know the extent of the trainer's injuries.
Agreed. I was at lunch and saw CNN drilling it to death, and I think it's a non-story, personally. Animals play and don't realize they can harm people. The big headline "KILLER WHALE ATTACKS" is pretty stupid.
This is why Six Flags Marine World doesn't have trainers in the tank with Shouka on a regular basis. They say she is fairly aggressive for even an orca and I assume they want to avoid accidents like this.
Personally I think that the whale was just playing....like said above if the whale wanted him dead then he would have been dead. They are the most adapt hunters of the sea. Or he might of just been having a bad day.
Got a 2 and a half year old who loves Shamu. He plays with toy Shamu in the tub all the time. He saw the news last night...and combined with our recent hyping of our Orlando trip in a few weeks...he has convinced himself that he is going to swim/play with Shamu. When I explained to him that we only "watch" Shamu he started crying out-of control for over an hour last night. Anyhow, I've got to figure a way to convince a 2 and half year old that we cannot swim and play with Shamu.
Or a nature video showing how wild Orcas sometimes like to *play* with their food. Perhaps you could get him to switch to dolphins. At least there's the possibility that he could swim with them one day.
Speaking of which, next time you are in SoCal, take the boat to Catalina and watch them playing off the bow.