SeaWorld trainer killed
A SeaWorld employee died this afternoon during an incident at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, an Orange County Sheriff's Office official confirmed. Officials said at a press conference that the victim was a female animal trainer who was killed after she was grabbed by one of the theme park's whales at the start of a public show. (RED HUBER, ORLANDO SENTINEL /February 24, 2010)
SAN DIEGO -- A video revealing an incident between a killer whale and its trainer at SeaWorld was released Tuesday during the SeaWorld v US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis trial.
It happened in November 2006.
Trainer Kenneth Peters, 39, was bitten and held underwater several times by a 7,000-pound killer whale during a show at SeaWorld's San Diego park.
The 28-year old female Orca named Kasatka bit Peters' feet and took him to the bottom of the pool twice.
Peters suffered a broken foot and puncture wounds in the attack.
The 17-foot-long orca had attacked Peters two other times, in 1993 and 1999.
The video was obtained with a Freedom of Information Act by David Kirby, the author of the recently released book Near Death at SeaWorld.