Rod (ruderod) wrote in animal_talk,
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Went to SeaWorld San Diego. The shamu/orca show was amazing. An four ton animal that can move 35 mph in the water. Incredible. Seaworld is great entertainment and education for the little ones. I am not so certain about their education department. Its tough to say whether keeping giants like this in captivity is a good thing. I would be a little happier if Seaworld tried harder to educate people about the Orcas. The seaworld.com website has like no information on the orcas, not easy to find anyway. If Seaworld doesn't educate the public, then they need to stop raising Orcas. I understand they are learning a huge amount about these mammals. . .and that helps the wild ones. But still, who says they have the right to buy up these living beings and use them as circus stunt animals? They are intelligent and have family, yet like free willy, many of the animals where captured and sold to the highest bidder.

If you want find out the story on Orcas in captivity, including free willy story, the internet is your guide through the heart breaking stories of these great animals and the humans who have raised them.

And keep this in mind:
"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we have been taught."
-Baba Diom.


Here are some links to the Orcas.

Sad story of Keiko, the free willy orca:
http://www.orcanetwork.org/captivity/keikostory.html

Blog about many issues with Orcas. Much information about the several attacks on humans, and the one lady trainer killed by an orca.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1179473/posts?q=1&;page=51











http://www.captivewhales.bravehost.com/orcaattacksontrainer.html

list of accidents
Orca
Trainer
Location
Date
Type

Description

Shamu
Annette Eckis
Sea World, CA
Early 70's
Attack


Annette Eckis, a secretary at Sea World of California, begin to ride Shamu around the tank for a Sea World publicity stunt. With camera's and trainers surrounding the tank, but no people in the water with the whale. Though the first few moments were tense, Annette soon began to relax and enjoy the ride. Shamu however, became increasingly uneasy. Trashing around, Shamu threw her off. She prevented divers from entering the water, and even bit down on Annete's leg as she was lifted from the pool.

Hugo
Chris Christiansen
Miami Seaqarium, FL
Early 70's
Mis-Cue


Chris while working with Hugo, placed his head in the whale's mouth to perform a familiar trick. Hugo, on a miscue, closed his mouth, causing Chris to receive 7 stitches to close the wound.

Orky
Male Trainer
Marineland of the Pacific, CA
Early 70's
Attack


Orky, a dominant male, dragged a trainer by the leg to the bottom of the pool, holding him there until he lost conciseness.

Kianu
Jeff Pulaski
Marineworld, CA
1970's
Attack


Kianu, a highly dominant animal, threw her regular trainer off of her back during a performance, and chased him out of the pool

Nepo
Dave Worcester
Marineworld, CA
1970's
Attack


Nepo, an preadolescent male, dragged trainer Dave Worcester to the bottom of the pool

Kim
Unknown
Marineland France
1970's
Attack


Kim, a preadolesant male, took a trainer in his mouth and held him at the bottom of the pool. Finally releasing him, he allowed the trainer to exit safely.

Orky
Jill Stratton
Marineland of the Pacific, CA
May 2, 1978
Attack


Orky, a routinely aggressive whale, grabbed trainer Jill Stratton and took her to the bottom of the pool. He held her there for 4 minutes before releasing her, and she was almost drowned.

Kandu 5
2 Female Trainers
Sea World, CA
1984
Attack


Kandu 5, a routinely aggressive whale, took 2 trainers in her mouth and would not release them

Kandu 5
Male Trainer
Sea World, CA
November 1986
Attack


Kandu, in another show of aggression, pinned a trainer up against a wall

Unknown
Jonathan Smith
Sea World, CA
March 4, 1987
Attack


2 Orcas grabbed onto Jonathan Smith, dragging him across the pool. He had less than 1 week's experience working with orcas. Though he survived the attack, his kidneys ruptured, his liver was lacerated, and he had many cuts.

Unknown
Joanne Webber
Sea World, CA
June 15, 1987
Miscue


Joanne Webber, an experienced trainer of 5 years, broke her neck when an Orca landed on her during rehearsal.

Unknown
Mark McHugh
Sea World, CA
September 27, 1987
Accident


Mark McHugh was bitten on the hand while feeding an orca between shows

Unknown
Chris Barlow
Sea World, CA
September 30, 1987
Attack


Chris Barlow was rammed in the stomach by a Sea World Orca during a show. He required hospitalization for the injuries.

Orky
John Sillick
Sea World, CA
Novemeber 21, 1987
Miscue

John Sillick fractured his vertebrae, femur, and pelvis while riding Corky. Apparently, Orky was given the signal to breach by another trainer, not realizing Sillick was riding Corky in that area.

Nootka 4
Henriette Huber
Sealand of the Pacific, Can
1989
Accident


Nootka closed her mouth on trainer Henriette Huber's hand, then pulled her into the tank. Henriette's hand required several stitches.

Nootka 4
Steve Huxter
Sealand of the Pacific
1989
Attack


Steve Huxter was pulled into the tank by Nootka while trying to remove a camera from her mouth. Another trainer had to rescue him

Nootka 4, Tillikum, & Haida 2
Keltie Byrne
February 21, 1991
Sealand of the Pacific, Can
Attack


20 year old Keltie Byrene slipped and fell into the whale pool. She was dragged, screaming across the pool and repeatedly submerged. Other trainers attempted to rescue her, but she eventually drowned.

Kasatka
Unknown
Sea World, CA
June 12, 1999
Attack


Kasatka, a dominant female, suddenly began acting erratically during a show. She grabbed him by the leg and attempted to throw him out of the pool. The show was cancelled and the whale's behavior returned to normal. Apparently, she was preoccupied by events happening in another pool.

Tillikum
Unknown Guest
Sea World, Fl
July 5, 1999
Accident


A dead, naked body was discovered in the early morning, draped over Tillikum, an adult male. The man had hidden in the park after closing, removed his clothing and jumped in with the whale. This was Tillikum's second fatal incident, the first being the 1991 death of Keltie Bryene.
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