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Have you heard what happened to the trainer from Sea World and the killer whale?  What are your thoughts?




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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • I have heard about it and it is very sad. We’ve been there several times and it is awesome to get to see the whales up close and watch the shows. I feel knowing that this whale has had killed twice in the past, Seaworld thought they took the necessary precautions for safety by not getting in the water. They are mammals and can get irritated like any other living thing. The trainer knew the risk but she died doing what she loved to do. This whale pulled her in the water by her hair. The other trainer that was killed, he pulled her in by her ankle. I don’t think he really meant to hurt either of them or even knew what he was doing. If he really wanted to hurt them he could have done a lot worse. This whale however was captured off the coast of Iceland as the other whales have been bread in captivity and all they know is Seaworld. It is very tragic but they should not put the whale down. I have always been interested in whales and I joined the IWC many years ago. If I had the chance to work with whales I would love too!happy




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      Angelcart wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • Very sad.frown




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      Frannie1964 wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • It Is very sadfrown




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      Hbrose wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • It is very sad and tragic, my heart goes out to the trainers family who are now without their wonderful mom, wife, daughter, sister, etc.  But I agree with kandykahne, the trainer was passionate about her work with whales and was doing was she loved—and I, too, believe the whale likely didn’t have malicious intent to kill her. I would hate to see the whale put down. Instead couldn’t they bring him back to the waters he was captured from years ago and let him live out the rest of his life there, far away from people?




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      Rose Nino wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • Exactly what Diana and Rose said. And definitely very sad and tragic. heartbreak




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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • Many people underestimate a wild creature’s thought process..yes, I believe humans can act as a trainer, but what about the natural instinct of the animal..very tragic and it may force Sea World to take a different approach to keeping whales in captivity in the future.




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      Angelcart wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • I definately do not think the whale should be put down.  I too do not believe it’s intent was to kill.




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      Debpeters wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • I do find it sad and tragic, however, we are talking about a wild animal that we took out of the wild. The whale can not be held responsible for what it does naturally. The worst part is, this whale has done it before, why would you put yourself in the position to let the animal attack again? I don’t feel the animal should be punished for what it is born to do, but I do feel that the people in charge should have known not to put themselves in danger.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • The trainers who train with these mammals know what their risk are but they do It cause It’s their passion and It’s what they love to do. If the killer whale killed 2 xs before this one then no doubt the trainer knew this before hand but she loved her job and loved working with the whales, this is something she wanted to do sence she was 9 years old. Like her sister said, she wouldn’t want the whale put down or anything bad done to the whale. She took chances, something just went wrong, but hopefully now that this did happen a 3rd time by the same whale, they will actually not have any trainers work with the whale anymore, maybe let the whale retire at a place he can be free and just be a the whale that he Is.




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      Zena Coleman wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • It was a  sad tragedy,but they‘re not called killer whales for no reason.




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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • It’s sad for her family of course, but the risks are part of the job.  I hate the idea of a creature like a whale being in captivity.




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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Feb 25, 2010
    • Seaworld plans on keeping him as they have been breeding him and plan to continue. From what I heard they keep him separated a lot from the rest of the whales which is not good for him at all since Orcas stay in pods from the time they are born till the time they die they are with family. They are very social mammals. He was basically yanked from his family years ago. On our last trip to Seaworld we saw him and Dawn. I was truly amazed at his size as the other whales are big but not that big!




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