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Is Orca “Drywork” Risky

April 17, 2013

I’ve said before that I don’t have a problem with trainers taking risks, including waterwork, as long as SeaWorld is honest and transparent with trainers regarding the risks and the aggression history of any given killer whale.

But how much risk attaches to “drywork” is a big question as SeaWorld continues to try to reach a settlement with OSHA on what sort of close contact between killer whales and trainers should be allowed in shows.

I’ll have a few things to say next week about what orcas are capable of even if a trainer is out of the pool. But in the meantime, here’s a (somewhat in jest) reminder that while waterwork definitely puts trainers at greater wisk, the stuff that happens out of the water doesn’t always go as intended.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Maryann permalink
    April 17, 2013 5:45 pm

    I love Orcas with all my my heart BUT I would NOT risk my life as these trainers are doing especially when it was ordered not to by a Judge. If all they get is a fine , that is complete and utter BS as they have been doing what they want for years at SeaWorld, when do the animals come first? Someone needs to shut that hellhole up PDQ!

  2. Monica Gilbert permalink
    April 18, 2013 5:17 am

    Couldn’t agree more with Maryann’s statement. If the courts and SeaWorld only value a life at $12,000, which is all they were fined over Dawn Brancheau’s death, why would they stop such a money-making enterprise? They’ve got plenty more kids wanting to get in the water and train orcas and as long as SeaWorld is allowed get away with this, what’s $12,000 to them? Pocket money?

    • Maryann permalink
      April 22, 2013 5:49 am

      Pocket money indeed, Monica! They certainly aren’t fixing the crumbling pools or buying new meds or supplies for the Cetaceans or marine mammals, Don’t people realize that these animals are being abused every day, physically, mentally and emotionally? I hope Peta now being involved will make a huge difference and make people see what WE can’t, those poor souls are so unhappy, all you have to do is look deep into their eyes!

  3. April 18, 2013 9:03 am

    Looks like a recipe for a spinal cord injury.

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