New video shows killer whale attacking SeaWorld trainer
Former SeaWorld head trainer Thad Lacinak weighs in
- Duration 5:50
- Date Jul 25, 2012
Former SeaWorld head trainer Thad Lacinak weighs in
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-- under water and gasping for air newly released video captures the harrowing moments when a SeaWorld trainer was attacked by a killer where -- The ruling at ten minute ordeal begins with the whale grabbing her trainer by his ankle and violently shaking and back and forth.
She then pulls him deep underwater and keeps him there for nearly a minute.
Finally they resurface.
The trainer Ken Peters tries to com the whale but gently patting her on the back this is in the -- of the attack.
But even that does not work as the whale once again drags the trainer down this time for about forty more seconds.
Putting her 5000 pound body on him at the bottom of the pool.
Finally the whale lets the trainer go.
And he rushes to the side of the pool tripping and falling as he makes his escape from the damage done to his ankles.
The video was captured by SeaWorld cameras back in 2006.
It is now become public as part of -- lawsuit when you introduce and evidence in court it becomes publicly available.
Turning now -- -- neck.
He's a former head trainer and vice president at SeaWorld and author of whale done that this video is really something to see.
And what what -- they believe was behind.
The whales behavior here.
Well what -- didn't see in the video was a few minutes horror.
Can actually got in the water.
With decide do you see him -- -- come up onto the Slidell area.
And that was -- and testing to see -- -- cycle was doing at that moment because she had.
Left him and gone over to the gate and looked at the whales in the back pool.
So we as we investigated this ourselves at -- -- back in 2006.
Right after the incident happened.
We determined that she was propped probably interest in being in the back her interest in one -- the other whales in the back cool.
And that's why she didn't feel like being out there are.
Possibly at that time.
Because I don't there were reports that she had a calf that she had a calf named Kyle via.
Who was screeching for her mother from the other pool so this may have been and what they're trying to get to her baby.
Well I think that's.
Squeaking and squealing and the -- separate voluntarily this is all positive based training system the animals don't do anything they don't want to do.
So she came out on our own in the eighty separated on -- -- -- we -- -- -- baby was over year old sowell wasn't a little baby.
I'm I'm I'm reading this from from a new book called death at SeaWorld which I think I data from -- title of piling up that's what -- to SeaWorld but.
The -- -- this is is talking about the baby was in distress after the mother was separated from and that and the mother may have just been unhappy and did not in the mood to -- -- your baby.
Well the author is David Kirby I've read some excerpts of the book -- I'm in the book also.
And it's telling that that he never even contacted me or tried to contact me for any information.
On what it happened I had worked at SeaWorld for 35 years and.
It's genuinely Eric you were there at this point you're watching -- has always respected.
Who is remarkably common welcome -- I have to say during the whole thing.
Tell us all what how all know in when he was brought up for air to pat the whale to to keep his cool.
All the trainers understand the animals that they work with Kim has worked with aside and by the way and continues to work -- socket.
As soon as his leg healed he went right back to work and back and a lot of -- -- so.
These trainers make up their own minds on whether they want to be in the water with these whales that's why I think it's so ridiculous that the government got involved and it's saying that.
SeaWorld can't get in the water.
This is kind of silly I mean what are we to do next tell people we can't circuit sharks might bite them like -- It has happened in the past I mean it in the Australian -- in the last ten months there have been fight people killed by great whites are we gonna dance or be.
-- you're a million -- is very rare it is and just our viewers know what happened was it you may remember the Don Brent show at SeaWorld trainer was killed.
-- -- -- -- -- A couple years ago and then federal regulators -- brought to court by SeaWorld try to defend their decision issued his big citation C world saying what are you doing.
And that's the litigation in which this tape came out you know you -- that that they picked their criticisms of SeaWorld and other.
Institutions that have these whales in captivity is the whales don't live nearly as long as they do in the wild.
That the conditions aren't good for them and that it's inhumane.
Well that's that's ridiculous statements he will been around for forty years at the wasn't for SeaWorld nobody would even care about killer whales.
Nobody even cared about -- for -- ever got one in captivity the first time.
Obvious because of places like -- -- that people care about these animals.
I'm SeaWorld takes very good -- animals it would make sense for them not to they also take very good care.
And worry about the safety that's why -- -- -- this whole case was ridiculous.
As far as David Kirby and his book is concerned he utilized interviews from animal activists from HS US which is an animal activist group.
That if you go to their website.
They state they want to close down ocean arrogance and actually the government even brought in as a witness so this is kind of silly for -- to beat men dating -- -- I don't know I'm up against a hard Reagan and I just last year but this -- had wanted to kill this trainer.
She what -- absolutely.
-- that she did not want to kill him she could have done it very easily if you notice there's not even any cuts on his feet.
Solely his leg was broken because she could be you know when you play with a five.
And animal products -- cut it short but I gotta run excellent interviewer thank you so much that all the best to you.