SeaWorld trainer injured in accident at Shamu show
A 39-year-old trainer was hospitalized after a killer whale pinned him underwater twice during the final show at Shamu Stadium in SeaWorld San Diego
A report is in the Accident Watch. Also, details are available from the AP.
There is a video report available, not of the attack, just the story. And in it a lady says "there should be a plan in place, if it comes between Shamu and the trainer, Shamu's gotta go".
I heard this on the news this morning and i was just like wow you automatically feel bad for the trainer. I also felt bad for the whale. as Erik said that is the chance that you take when you work with animals like this and it would be a shame to see him go.
An unfortunate incident, and one which does not happen too often. To say one must get rid of the whale in this case, is a bit premature. We have very little idea of the mental state of these animals. A variety of factors could have attributed to the cross-up at the show, such as a mis-read signal, crowd noise, etc. It is a risk, and perhaps if it happens again with the same whale, then there should be more thought given. For now, however, I feel we have to give the animal the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to a fluke incident.
A trainer almost dying is a sad orcasion, indeed, and these flipperant comments leave me somewhat underwhalemed. All seriousness aside, this case is clearly black and white...I say if the whale breaks training again, it's time for a couple of tons of Shamu Sushi.
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