Miami Seaquarium Dolphin Attacks Trainer During Live Show


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A dolphin attacked their trainer during a live show

Jocelyn Chavez, Reporter

Last Saturday a Miami Seaquarium trainer got attacked during a live Flipper Dolphin Show but was left with no serious injuries. The cause of the attack is believed to be from the trainer who accidentally scratched Sundance, the dolphin, with her hand which led to the animals’ violent behavior.

“A dolphin and trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing a routine behavior as part of the Flipper Show. This was an uncomfortable interaction for both of them and the dolphin reacted by breaking away from the routine and striking the trainer,” said a statement released by the Miami Seaquarium.

Sundance, the dolphin of the attack, has lived in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for his entire life. This, however, isn’t the first time the dolphin has attacked a trainer. Jenna Wallace, a veterinarian who worked at the Miami Seaquarium, says, “I have been told by previous veterinarians and staff that this animal had rammed another trainer in the abdomen.”

The Miami Seaquarium has been reported to have violated multiple animal welfare violations such as feeding rotten fish to the animals, pools being in disrepair, and other inadequate care for animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that focuses on the wellbeing of animals in areas such as entertainment industry. “PETA urges this abusive park to end its exploitation of dolphins by getting them to sanctuaries as quickly as possible so that they’d never be used in tawdry shows again and no one else would get hurt” said Jared Goodman, PETA’s general counsel for animal law.