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pucktowake 02-24-2010 2:34 PM

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmazingAnimals/whale-kills-trainer-sea-worlds-shamu-stadium/story?id=9932526" target="_blank">http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmazingAnimals/whale-kills-trainer-sea-worlds-shamu-stadium/story?id=9932526</a> <BR> <BR>The whale grabbed the trainer and pulled them under shaking them violently. The trainer was Killed. Very sad story.

psudy 02-24-2010 2:38 PM

Nice spin, but it wasn't Shamu. <BR> <BR>They are called killer whales for a reason I guess<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/uhoh.gif" border=0>

behindtheboat 02-24-2010 3:06 PM

Paul, each park has multiple "Shamu's". This sounds like a whale in the show. <BR> <BR>I hope they don't do anything to the whale. <BR> <BR>"One witness, park visitor Victoria Biniak, told WFTV that the trainer was just introduced the whale during a live public show at the stadium." <BR> <BR>that's good reporting... <BR> <BR>Lastly, they really need all those different investigating teams involved? Seems like a waste of resources

mbsteez 02-24-2010 3:43 PM

But maybe another trainer had a hate on for this trainer, and trained the whale to eat her... I'm currently wearing sunglasses and talking like Horatio Cane... <BR> <BR>I know she didn't get eaten, just sayin.

bstroop 02-24-2010 3:47 PM

That's the first thing I thought A-dub. <BR> <BR>Do we really need forensics and homicide teams? I'm pretty sure they don't need to take fin prints from the whale or have them all in a line up.

xistential 02-24-2010 3:48 PM

Sucks keeping 7 of these whales in oversized swimming pools anyway.They're not dolphins.

mendo247 02-24-2010 4:08 PM

Suprised this doesnt happen more often around the U.S. with all the large animals trainers are coming into contact with on a daily basis. If you kept me locked up for 8years i'd probably snap also. I will say when I do go to a park im totally mezmorized with the lions, tigers, whales, dolphins etc.. its really great to see them up close in action but this is the darker side.

bmcgee 02-24-2010 4:18 PM

I heard this wasnt the first incident with this whale. My local news said it was responsible for the death of one of its trainers in 91 and also the death of a guy that snuck into the park in 99. It's kind of surprising that they would keep the whale in captivity after these accidents.

xistential 02-24-2010 4:49 PM

Brett - I don't think it's that particular whale that is on the "prowl". More coincidence maybe that these unfortunate people have ended up in his pond. I bet all the others would behave the same way if given the chance. <BR>I think it is so cruel to keep these gigantic creatures in such a confined space anyway. <BR> <BR>My landlord works at Seaworld. I am going to find out all the details if I can.

bmcgee 02-24-2010 5:26 PM

Chris, I completely agree with you. Sadly, I don't find it surprising at all that these kinds of accidents happen. You cant train these animals to forget the natural behaviors they are born with, and keeping them confined will more than likely cause them to eventually lash out.

liquidmx 02-24-2010 9:04 PM

That tiger didnt go crazy....that tiger went "tiger"!!! haha.

poser007 02-24-2010 9:37 PM

I was at Seaworld last August and was amazed by the shear size of those Killer whales. I thought the show they put on was incredible and my hats off to all those wonderful people who help train those massive beasts. <BR> <BR>I guess these types of accidents are part of the business, I mean they are wild animals and unpredictable.

ai_rider 02-25-2010 6:04 AM

With all of these animals in theses kind of shows/parks, you have to remember, they are trained, not tamed. Big big difference.

timmy 02-25-2010 8:29 AM

Watch the movie "The Cove" to find out where these dolphins/whales come from. Pretty eye opening.

02-25-2010 8:29 AM

-- <BR> <BR>(Message edited by swass on February 25, 2010)

helinut 02-25-2010 8:56 AM

Yup, I was going to say the same thing as Timothy. Very eye opening documentary. Pretty pathetic what humans will do to make a buck.

jayson_49 02-25-2010 9:12 AM

Very sad story, but homicide detectives? .......Homicide- the killing of a human being by another human being...c'mon unless another trainer ordered a hit then....just sayin...protocol I guess....

norcalmalibu 02-25-2010 9:44 AM

The cove was an eye opener for sure. I can't believe they consider dolphins a pest. I'm a supporter of anti whaling, dolphis etc.

lizzyb 02-25-2010 10:14 AM

The Tiger went Tiger! <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>I love Chris Rock.

deneng 02-25-2010 7:27 PM

Maybe they are just bored..In the wild they toss the seals around playing catch.

lifetimewarranty 02-25-2010 9:47 PM

My wife's watching some tv thing and somebody just said "It's not a killer 'bunny', it's a killer 'whale'"....lol. <BR> <BR>I think that this a bit of justification for my own personal fear of swimming with animals that can eat me. <BR> <BR>No offence, please, but seriously? These "trainers" are rolling the dice every time they get near these animals. <BR> <BR> <BR>I once had a humpback go under the (18 foot)boat I was on off the Santa Barbara coast and let me tell you I was looking for some fresh shorts. I can't believe that people try to train these animals

trentj6930 02-25-2010 10:15 PM

Check out this one. This is where they belong. <BR> <BR>Sooke, BC <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIrsrRnerHY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIrsrRnerHY</a>

depoint50ae 02-25-2010 11:29 PM

It was actually a fake produced by the US Govt. If you look closely you will see it wasn't a whale or dolphin but actually a chicken and cow.

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