Video shows dolphin attack trainer during Miami Seaquarium Show – NBC 6 South Florida


A dolphin was filmed attacking a trainer during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday.

A man named Shannon Carpenter was watching the Flipper show at the Seaquarium with his family when he recorded the moment a dolphin named Sundance suddenly turned on his trainer.

“There was obviously some sort of struggle going on and the crowd seemed to know something was wrong,” Carpenter said. “Coach swam to the dock pretty quickly and she just knelt there for the rest of the show while they kind of shut it down.”

A dolphin was filmed attacking a trainer during a show at the Miami Seaquarium. NBC 6’s Claudia DoCampo reports

Jared Goodman, animal rights attorney at the PETA Foundation, says that’s nothing new.

“This just adds to the litany of issues that have been recently at the Miami Seaquarium,” Goodman said. “Apparently the same dolphin rammed another trainer about two years ago.

Goodman also says this isn’t even the first incident of dolphin aggression that has happened in the past week.

In a statement to NBC 6, Miami Seaquarium said: “A dolphin and a trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing routine behavior on the Flipper show. It was a uncomfortable interaction for both of them and the dolphin reacted by breaking away from routine and hitting the trainer.”

Carpenter said he was worried when he saw the dolphin hitting the trainer.

“They’re wild animals, so you never really know what to expect,” Carpenter said. “But of course they all seemed very well trained.”

Miami Seaquarium also told NBC 6 that Miami-Dade County security officials have been contacted as a precaution.

“Our family extends to include the animals in our care, our team members and our guests,” the Seaquarium said. “Although there are no apparent serious injuries, careful monitoring and follow-up assessments will ensure the best care for all.”

For now, the Seaquarium has not suspended any shows and is continuing its activities as usual.

Besides this incident with the dolphins, the fate of Lolita the whale has been up in the air since a new company recently took over the Seaquarium.

“The United States Department of Agriculture has licensed the Miami Seaquarium for decades,” Goodman said. “Even if the minimum conditions for Lolita the Orca to be held do not meet the legal requirements of federal law.”

At this time, Lolita the Whale is not performing at the Seaquarium and it is unknown if she will be released at a sanctuary.


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