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Humpback whale with calf

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Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

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Part of the new exhibition space at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

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Chilling video shows SeaWorld trainer dragged under water by orca

A chilling video showing an orca holding a SeaWorld trainer under water for several minutes has been released. Kasatka’s attack on San Diego trainer Ken Peters in 2006 highlights one of the many disturbing issues of keeping these powerful creatures in captivity. The footage shows Kasatka grabbing her trainer’s foot and dragging him under the water for extended periods of time. Mr Peter’s foot was broken in the frightening incident.

The video of the 15-minute ordeal has only now been posted online after it was presented at a Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) court hearing in the US in September which followed the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010, who was killed by another killer whale named Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando.

The hearing ruled that SeaWorld trainers were prohibited from conducting water work with all orcas unless protected by physical barriers or decking systems that provide a similar level of protection, a decision that could fundamentally change the cruel captivity industry forever.