Video Reveals Violent Attack at SeaWorld

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 12:38 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Author David Kirby obtained video using the Freedom of Information Act of a killer whale dragging its trainer, Ken Peters, into the deep end of its tank two times, resulting in bite marks and a broken leg.

Author David Kirby obtained video using the Freedom of Information Act of a killer whale dragging its trainer, Ken Peters, into the deep end of its tank two times, resulting in bite marks and a broken leg.

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Killer Whales Spotted in San Diego

Two killer whales were spotted off the coast of San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Captain Kenny Manzoni talks about seeing the creatures up close.
More Photos and Videos

A video revealing an incident between a killer whale and its trainer at SeaWorld was released on Tuesday during the SeaWorld v. US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis trial.

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 named Kasatka bit Peters' feet and took him to the bottom of the pool for about a minute. Peters suffered a broken foot and puncture wounds in the attack.

The video shows Peters nearly drowning twice as the whale dragged him down to the bottom of the tank by his foot.

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 request by David Kirby, the author of the recently released book “Near Death at SeaWorld.”

In February 2010, a trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld park was killed after the whale drowned her when she slipped and fell in its tank.

SeaWorld San Diego released the following statement:

"This incident was well documented and thoroughly covered by the news media in 2006.  This video clearly shows the trainer’s remarkable composure and the skillful execution of an emergency response plan, both of which helped result in a successful outcome with minor injuries.  It should be noted that CalOSHA did not issue any citations to SeaWorld as a result of this incident.  SeaWorld’s trainer returned to work shortly after this incident and remains a member of the team at Shamu Stadium to this day."

The video can be viewed on YouTube and below.
 

Keep up to date on breaking news: Download our improved iPhone app, follow us on Twitter @nbcsandiego, fan us on Facebook, sign up for our breaking news e-mail alerts or text SDBREAKING to 622339 to receive text messages for local breaking news. (For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.)

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out