[MSNBC] A video revealing an incident between a killer whale and its trainer at SeaWorld was released Tuesday during the SeaWorld v US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis trial. In November 2006, trainer Kenneth Peters, 39, was bitten and held underwater several timesby a 7,000-pound killer whale during a show at SeaWorld’s San Diego park. The 28-year old female named Kasatka bit Peters’ feet and took him to the bottom of the pool for about a minute. Peters suffered a broken foot and puncture wounds in the attack. The video shows Peters nearly drowning twice as the whale dragged him down to the bottom of the tank by his foot. The 17-foot-long orca had attacked Peters two other times, in 1993 and 1999. The video was obtained with a Freedom of Information Act by David Kirby, the author of the recently released book “Near Death at SeaWorld.” In February 2010, a trainer at Orlando’s SeaWorld park was killed after the whale drowned her when she slipped and fell in its tank. SeaWorld San Diego released the following statement: “This incident was well documented and thoroughly covered by the news media in 2006. This video clearly shows the trainer’s remarkable composure and the skillful execution of an emergency response plan, both of which helped result in a successful outcome with minor injuries. It should be noted that CalOSHA did not issue any citations to SeaWorld as a result of this incident. SeaWorld’s trainer returned to work shortly after this incident and remains a member of the team at Shamu Stadium to this day.”
This is the unedited video, so to help you skip along to the good parts: Drowning #1 ends around 2:15, Drowning #2 starts up around 6:35 & the mad dash to freedom kicks off around 9:10. Not much else worth seeing after he makes his way to the spotlight. Anyway, I’m on Team
Shamu Kasatka. If you want to say she assaulted her trainer, then I would like to say you’re wrong. Motherfucker is SEVEN THOUSAND POUNDS. Bitch was just playing around. It’s hard to be gentle with a dude who’s maybe 2-bills when you’re 7000 pounds. Hell, it’s hard for my 60-pound boxer to have a fun-loving round of tug-o-war with my 7 year-old roommate without dislocating her arm. You think the whale comprehends that her buddy Ken can’t just hang out under water? She was probably like, “C’mon, man, we always gotta do shit you wanna do. Fuck work, let’s have some fun.” Kenny gets it. He bounced right back in the pool with her after having his foot re-attached. That kinda stuff comes with the territory of having a pal 35 times your size. If you ask Clifford to “give me your paw” and you get stomped like a stake in the ground, it’s not an act of aggression. It’s simply an unfortunate size mis-match. If you don’t like it, get smaller friends.