SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Attack Video Goes Viral
The November 29, 2006 attack on trainer Ken Peters by a killer whale (Orcinus-orca) named Kasatka led to an investigation by California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, much akin to the more recent OSHA investigation into the brutal death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
Although the injuries sustained by Peters were relatively mild by comparison, the video which was shown in court proceedings this past Fall led Administrative Law Judge Ken Welsch to describe the footage as “chilling” as he ruled to uphold the charges in the SeaWorld vs OSHA case. SeaWorld was appealing the OSHA citations issued to the marine park after Dawn Brancheau’s death.
Following the 2006 Peters event- in their report- CAL/OSHA concluded “The contributing factors to the accident, in the simplest of terms, is that swimming with captive orcas is inherently dangerous and if someone hasn’t been killed already it is only a matter of time before it does happen.” Due to intense pressure by SeaWorld and some political wrangling, the report was later rescinded.
Since then, two orca trainers have been killed within the pools of marine parks- Alexis Martinez in December 2009 at Loro Park in the Canary Islands (by Keto, an orca on loan from SeaWorld) and just two months later Dawn Brancheau was pulled into the water by Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando.
The full 15 minute video from 2006 of Ken Peters being repeatedly dragged to the bottom of the pool can be seen below as well as the initial report issued by CAL-OSHA. (The final OSHA report after rescinding the above statements can be found HERE).
For all of the details on this video and more on the Ken Peters incident, please visit the following links by David Kirby, author of a new book “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whale Captivity” (St Martins Press) released July 17, 2012:
Near Death At SeaWorld: Worldwide Exclusive Video ~ Huffington Post
WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: NEAR DEATH AT SEAWORLD ~ http://www.deathatseaworld.com
Video shows whale attacking trainer at Sea World ~ CBS News This Morning
The full 15-minute attack video can be seen below (Note- There is no audio with this video):