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Killer Whale ......

kombizz 13 601 1 United States
25 Feb 2010 9:03AM
I read the news of a killer whale killed her trainer during a public performance at the SeaWorld amusement park in Florida.
You can read more detail of this news here .
My question to you is why few people prison a wild beast in a tank for entertainment? while it could be dangerous to human being.
In this case 'you' can not kill the beast rather than protect it from extinction?

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Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
25 Feb 2010 9:28AM
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. As you say, killer whales aren't meant to live in water tanks and be used for our entertainment.

Sad that the trainer has been killed, but even after training maybe the whale saw the human in a wetsuit like a seal pup and went in for the kill? That is their natural instinct after all...
Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 9:51AM

Quote:It was only a matter of time before something like this happened

It has happened before, several times, and in fact this particular whale has already killed one previous trainer at a different centre.

I guess that like us they have off days ...
mcgannc 9 389 3 England
25 Feb 2010 10:13AM
The phrase "If you play with fire..." springs to mind!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Feb 2010 10:56AM
If animals are banned to be used in circus, why are they still used in park like that?
Or is that only in the UK?
DaveCole 10 152 Wales
25 Feb 2010 11:27AM
Why do people never learn???
Its all in the name "killer whale" its a predator!Their born to hunt like all the other predators!
Would you go in that tank if there was a Great White Shark in there!No course you would'nt.
I'm very sorry for the lady,family and friends,but we need to learn!
wireman 12 52 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 12:56PM
'It's OK he won't bite you'. How often have you heard that, when someone's dog runs towards you across a park etc.?

It is exactly the same situation - humans have taken a wild animal and tamed it.
Unfortunately sometimes it goes wrong or the taming is forgotten by the animal or some person does something unexpected.

If we are going to ban humans from keeping one other species, we should ban them from keeping any other species.

Ahhh! just think - a dog free world.

ps I have now gone into hiding.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 1:24PM

Quote:If animals are banned to be used in circus

Are they? When did that happen? I thought they were still allowed?
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 1:26PM

Quote:If we are going to ban humans from keeping one other species, we should ban them from keeping any other species.

Gonna make farming difficult. Not to great for blind people either... or the deaf... or the police...or search and rescue teams...
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 1:46PM
...or me...Sad
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
25 Feb 2010 1:52PM
This particular killer whale had been involved in the killing of humans twice before and was considered dangerous, even by killer whale standards.

Very sad - but there was a sort of inevitability about it.......
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
25 Feb 2010 3:45PM
The thing is some animals - like dogs - can't effectivly kill a grown and healthy adult without intending to, if they fight and intend to cause serious harm there is normally a very good reason for this.

However animals that are simply far stronger than us are capable of killing by accident - consider lions, tigers, bears and even whales are many times out strength and an action to them that might be considered light (eg a tiger batting its paw at another) is capable of killing or seriously injuring a human.

I suspect this could be the cause of events like this more than the animal having a "nasty streek" the animal is doing something for a reason and the result is probably not quite what they intend. Restrictions on an animal who has killed - by intent or accident - are there for protection in both a physical and legal application. I recall a tiger who was kept in a zoo who killed his keeper with a single paw swipe - after that the cat was kept in isolation from human contact even though he showed no overt hostility toward people (and keepers who worked with the cat before still considered the animal safe/friendly).
However no zoo manager in their right mind would let someone work with an animal with history since it leaves them open to far to much legal threat and also their own job security.
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
25 Feb 2010 4:03PM
ps its not a killer whale its an orca whale Tongue

Media only use killer whale when its in the context of killing - orca gets used when they have something nice to say Wink
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 4:17PM
aye i agree.
Tis a wild animal and should of been left there. Orcas are beautiful animals and deserve better than a damned swimming pool!
49er 11 564
25 Feb 2010 5:54PM
It is also a dolphin not a whale...(but killer dolphin does not sound right for headline writers).
Killer Whale came from Whalers who saw orcas rip the tongues out of other whales and only eating that part. Whalers thought they were bad !!! How ironic that was...
There has not been a recorded incident of a human being killed by an orca in the wild...

IMO.. It should not be captive.. I surpose they will want to put it down..'As it might kill babies next' !!

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