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Whale attack

Written in Consultation: 02/28/10, 06:43:26 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
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Whale attack shouldn't surprise
2:34 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010 | Permalink 
Letter to the Editor  

Re: "Whale attacks, kills trainer at SeaWorld show -- Officials say animal had been involved in 2 previous deaths," Thursday news story.
Television and newspaper media sources ignored many facts about whales after the tragedy at Sea World in Orlando, Fla.
In the late 1930s, more than 50,000 whales were killed each year by humans. Today, killer whales are beautiful, enormous animals that are trapped by Sea World in small pools.
It should be no surprise that the animals are frustrated, angry and hungry.
David Bennett, Anna
Posted by Darryl @ 3:25 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010
Perhaps killer whales should not be held in captivity. But we exhibit many beautiful creatures inside zoos and wild animal parks. This has been deemed as educational and would hopefully help people preserve our natural habitat to protect these animals.
What has happened since the 1930's has been increased awareness around the globe that we need to protect ocean creatures such as whales from being slaughtered for man's gain. Wild animal parks and zoos do help increase the public's awareness of mankind's encroachment.
Now can we stop future collecting of the wild animals. I believe so.
But also keep in mind, once the animals are used to captivity its impossible to return them to the wild successfully.

Posted by agsforever @ 4:42 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010
darryl, it isn't "impossible" to return animals that are used to captivity to the wild, just very hard. many of them die, but there are a few who don't.
that the Orlando Shamu has now been involved in three attacks on humans shows it is time for him to be returned to the wild, to sink or swim on his own. If I were a trainer at Sea World Orlando, I would have a very hard time trusting that animal. and if he were returned to the wild, and began hanging out around areas where humans congregate, then, regrettably, he should be killed. (besides that, he sure does make a big splash when he does some of his tricks. nearly all the way to the top seats in the stadium)

Posted by Anonymous @ 5:31 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010
Get in the mouth of a killer, and you get what you ask for. Stupid people die in stupid ways. Hell, She knew this thang eats people and she still climbed into its mouth. So she was pulled in and killed this time but hey she made the thing think it was fun to grab and play with her. Don't get mad at the whale give the girl a darwin award.

Posted by Love animals @ 5:51 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010
I cannot blame this whale for what he did they do not want to be in captivity who does? Who are we to keep them caged or in captivity. I feel for the family but, the trainer knew the risk she was taking but, loved what she did. I also have gone to Sea World not realizing till I got there that these animals are not happy you can see it in there face there miserable and who can blame them we stare and take pictures think of yourself in the same situation they feel just as we do. We should not take any more animals into captivity they weren't put on this earth for our amusement.

Posted by Darryl @ 6:11 PM Sat, Feb 27, 2010
okay maybe not impossible, but near impossible. We don't know what the whale was feeling when it was involved in the regrettable incidents that cost three humans their life. I would not call it an "attack." Maybe aggressive behavior is more accurate. I think its far more humane to the animal to leave it in captivity and care for it than put it out to sea. I haven't heard of any successful attempts at putting once captive killer whales back into the wild. They tried that with Keiko who died at 26 years of age in Norway, after an attempt to put him into the wild and reunite him with a pod failed.