Post # 1
How awful! I love killer whales (well, animals in general) and when something like this happens it just makes me so sad.
I know a lot of people are against animals being put on display and “trained” and things like that. I don’t have much of an opinion about it, unless they are being mistreated and living in harsh conditions, but I don’t think that’s the case at Sea World.
This sort of thing proves over and over again that you can take the animal out of the wild, but you’ll never take the wild out of the animal.
The only positive thing about it is, she died truly doing what she loved.
*Sorry to be a Debbie Downer*
Post # 3
Yeah, I saw that. It’s crazy. I heard it happened during a show and so the audience saw the whole thing.
I heard she was just finished explaining what was going to happen and the killer whale just came up and grabbed her. The killer whale thrashed around and it was so strong that her shoes were flying off.
I do wonder if the killer whale was mad at her or if the killer whale didn’t know any better and thought it was playing.
Sad though. For both the killer whale and the trainer.
Post # 4
That’s awful, my thoughts are with her family and loved ones.
I am not a fan of animals being put in captivity and trained for our viewing pleasure. I watched a documentary that touched on that subject recently – The Cove – super intense and horrifying.
Post # 5
@ yrret – Yeah, I don’t know. Makes me leary though because that particular whale has been involved in two previous deaths within the past several years.
It kind of makes you wonder. Is the animal vicious or just playful, and if it IS vicious, what do you do with it? I know if it were a vicious dog that attacked or killed someone, it would most likely be put down, but that’s because it is domesticated. In the case of an ALREADY wild animal, what is to be done with it? *sigh*
@ Emshaw – ooh, that documentary sounds like it would be interesting to watch. I’m sure it would probably upset me though. I always question how circus animals are treated behind the scenes. I don’t like circuses.
Post # 6
Oh my gosh that’s crazy!!! So it’s a serial killer whale? Sorry. I had to. It was just dangling out in the open waiting to be said.
Post # 7
Actually, this whale has killed before. It and 2 females drowned a trainer while in Canade and it killed in 99 I think when a man snuck into the park and was killed while swimming with it. They’re technically not supposed to even be in the tank with it anymore because it’s something like 12,300 lbs and thinks humans are toys now.
Post # 8
Sorry, but wild animals are WILD, no matter if they’re “trained” from birth or not, and this sort of thing is bound to happen from time to time. Yes, it’s very sad that the trainer died, and my heart goes out to her family, but I don’t understand why people never learn from these instances of wild animals attacking. You can’t train over instincts and we don’t understand any animal’s behavior perfectly, so I think this sort of exploitation is always dangerous and always senseless. If people want to see whales, go on a whale watch, where they’re free and acting as wild animals actually do, not doing some petty tricks so giant corporations that sponsor theme parks like Sea World can make money.
Post # 9
I have to agree with veganglam. My heart goes out to this woman, her family and the people who witnessed this tragedy, but it also goes out to this animal. People have to remember that wild animals, or any other animal, should not be put in a cage. They do not deserve to be put on display for our pleasure and pushed out of their habitats for our gluttony.
Post # 10
That is so sad, on many levels. What will happen to the whale, now that it has killed multiple times? It can’t be released into the wild, right? I would hate to see its life ended as a result of this and the other tragedies.
Post # 11
I honestly think they should put it down if they can’t rehabilitate it into the wild because it’s killed twice before. I mean they had regulations saying “don’t swim with this whale” and she wasn’t. The whale jumped out of the water and grabbed her. It was as if it was hunting a seal in the wild.
Post # 12
So sad, if it has killed twice before, I don’t know why it wasn’t in a place where it can just swim and be, not in a “show.”
Post # 13
Here is my issue with places like Sea World:
I have a Mustang who was wild until she was 3 and just turned 4 last month. She is a total sweetheart and easily trainable with the right methods. But stick her in a stall, and she is not pleased. (Last time the weather was dangerously icy, she gashed her head thrashing around her stall.) She is totally domesticated at this point, but she still has her instincts, and she’s still a 1,000 lb horse. I don’t agree with stalling for no reason anyway (I think 24/7 turnout with shelter is ideal although not always possible) and I think the whale situation is very similar. Yes, they CAN live in those relatively small pools, but it’s not what they’re used to, and it’s probably going to result in bouts of aggressive behavior.
Post # 14
I feel sorry that she died and am sympathetic to her family however…
A killer whale is a wild animal. Accidents seem to happen because people do not respect that fact. We expect them to act with this guided logic, moral, or knowledge that humans are different and should not be hurt. WHY? It frustrates me when people advocate killing animals that kill humans. This would not have happened had that whale not been penned up and put on show for millions at sea world.
Post # 15
aww yeah i read about this too. makes me sad 🙁
Post # 16
Very sad local story here.