Friday, February 26, 2010

killer whale kills trainer

There's no polite way to talk about the killer whale trainer killed by a killer whale in Florida this week. The orca pulled the trainer underwater twice and the result was the trainer drowned.

Already, some people are saying that this proves orcas shouldn't be kept in captivity and other such things. It was a tragic accident, with unknown causes, and the not-too-unlikely outcome of doing animal shows featuring people and very, very large and powerful aquatic animals.

Much more fun is the story making the rounds about actress Jennifer Garner and the dolphin that found some pleasure rubbing on her feet. Oh my. Marine mammals in the news.

4 comments:

Mark's Brother said...

I don't need to be quite as politically correct as you since I am just a visitor on Blogfish, but I don't care for the practice of capturing wild animals and confining them in close quarters, then profiting from their public performances. We then wonder "what went wrong"? when somebody gets killed. While the trainers death was really tragic, it was not the first time this Killer Whale has been involved in the death of a person. It may not be the last, they are not likely to stop the shows now. Not at all unlike zoos and circuses.

Daniel Bassett said...

There is a dolphin here in New Zealand that became friendly with humans at the beach. It was young and the scientists warned that people should not play with the dolphin because when it became a teen it would start to become more dominating. Sure enough now it is a teen and has started dragging people out into the water or stopping them from getting back to shore. I think that interacting with wild animals has its risks and we shouldn't think that marine mammals are cute and cuddly all the time. Im sorry I can't remember the name.

Anonymous said...

Animals like this do NOT belong in captivity. Whether born in captivity or not, a Killer Whale is not a domestic pet and will always behave as a wild animal. It's not if this will happen again, it's when? It's a shame people excuse this practice in the name of science and conservation. Places like SeaWorld are a disgrace and scam to the science community. If you want to see nature, go see it where it belongs and that will be an experience of a lifetime. "Leave only footprints"

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