Dolphin attack on trainer at Miami Seaquarium captured in chilling footage

The chilling moment of a dolphin attacking a trainer at the Miami Seaquarium is captured on film.

The incident happened on April 9 during the Florida Aquarium’s Flipper Dolphin Show. Photographer Shannon Carpenter – who was on the show with her family – captured the moment and posted it on TikTok.

in the footage, which can be seen here, a trainer in the water suddenly appears to be struggling to stay afloat. Then it seems as if it has been violently carried forward. She then tries to get out of the pool, however, she disappears under the water.

When the trainer comes again, she makes her way to the dock. As she exits the pool, she leans down, clearly frightened. Another trainer can be seen kneeling down and examining him.

The dolphin then appears in the water from the same spot and swims away. A third trainer continues with the show.

In the comments on his TikTok post, Carpenter said that the attack happened in about 10 minutes into the 30-minute show. “The ambulance took her away immediately after the show,” he said.

Carpenter told WPLG Local 10 in a broadcast that children were cheering “thinking it was neat,” although adults “knew something was wrong.” Carpenter said he could tell the instructor who was attacked “had some kind of pain.”

Dolphins are highly social animals and can become aggressive when kept in stressful situations. Many experts claim that they cannot be domesticated, which can lead to violent behavior when kept in captivity. Around 3,000 dolphins are kept in captivity around the world.

A photograph shows a dolphin leaping out of the air during an aquatic show in France.
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News 10 reported that the trainer was later taken away by an ambulance.

In a statement sent to WPLG Local 10, the Miami Seaquarium said the dolphins and the trainer “accidentally collided” while performing “regular behaviour”.

“It was an uncomfortable conversation for both of them and the dolphins reacted by breaking away from the routine and hitting the trainer,” the statement said.

It said security officials were then contacted “as a precaution”.

“Our family includes the animals, our team members and our guests in our care. Although there are no serious injuries, careful monitoring and follow-up evaluation will ensure the best possible care for all,” the spokesperson told WPLG Local 10. ,

newsweek The Miami Seaquarium has been contacted for a comment.

This is the latest in a string of controversial incidents at the aquarium. In October 2021, a report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) raised concerns after an inspection of the aquarium conducted in June. The report claimed that the aquarium had several animal welfare violations, sparking outrage among animal welfare groups.

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A photo shows the outside of the Miami Seaquarium, which has been a source of controversy for years.
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in a statement sent to newsweekJared Goodman, US general counsel for animal law at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “The time has come for the Miami Aquarium, where long-suffering dolphins are in dire need of protection and workers are at risk. PETA urges this to end their exploitation by moving the dolphins to sanctuaries in the Abusement Park as soon as possible, so that they are never used again in tawdi shows and no one gets hurt.”

The Miami Seaquarium is also home to the famous 56-year-old captive orca, Lolita. Lolita’s status has been a source of controversy among animal rights activists for years. Animal welfare groups have been campaigning for Lolita’s release, with many claiming that her tank is small and inadequate.

Lolita is one of the most famous orcas living in captivity today. He is one of about 20 orcas living in captivity across America.

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