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Nightmare at Sea World February 25, 2010

Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Animal Videos, Links, Movie Reviews, Movie Trailer, Photography, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
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We cut our Southern Florida fauna and flora vacation short by one day because of the impending snow-icane in the Northeast.  My favorite airline, Jet Blue, let us get on a flight (of our choice) one day early with no fees, penalties or extra annoying charges. Go Blue.  So, I am watching Mr Toyoda squirm with shame in front of the House investigating committee (some of whose members I would like to grill) and also watching a rerun of an NCIS program when my sister, across the aisle, says that Shamu has killed a trainer at Sea World. I am horrified, shocked and hooked. For the balance of the flight I am flipping to get more incoming news.  CNN had the worst coverage.  They had already begun to turn it into a Nightmare on Elm Street type of reporting.

I have been to Sea World San Diego (June, 2008). These theme parks are both entertaining and disturbing.  They are guilty pleasures. These huge, beautiful mammals are wondrous. Deep down, you know they should not be in this environment but you still enjoy the show.  I think like a Nascar race, the audience, on some level, is waiting for the most awful thing to happen.  Yesterday it did.  Tilikum, the killer whale is actually the largest species of dolphin. He had been involved in three other human deaths in the past.  I can only imagine the horror that these spectators went through as they watched Tilikum drag his trainer to her death.  For the difference between a dolphin and a whale, check out this site.

–  Before you step foot in another Sea World or spend hundreds of dollars to swim with a dolphin you should go to see this amazing and heart breaking documentary film by director Louie Psihoyos (prior Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and photographer for National Geographic) and writer Mark Monroe. Yes, this film is about dolphins, but similar issues can be raised about Orcas.  Read my movie review here.

If you, like me, are riveted to this whale tale you can click on these articles for videos of first hand accounts of what happened yesterday. Here and here.

–  Watch my video from Sea World, San Diego.

Here is my photo montage from 2008.



1. Bonnie Luria - February 25, 2010

While it’s horrifying, humans are trying to bend the nature of these giant creatures, containing them in tanks they were surely not meant for.
There are risks to everything as Sally Ride and her companions learned.
Still, it’s shocking and awful.

2. Jude - February 25, 2010

I was at Sea World – Orlando about 5 years ago when I saw a killer whale go against the trainer working with it. It was terrifying to watch. The whale kept going after the trainer, trying to keep the trainer under the water. I truly thought the trainer was going to be killed. Even after that episode, Sea World continued to put on these demonstrations.
I hope this tragedy will put an end to these shows.

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