MIAMI – A dolphin attacked the Miami Seaquarium and everything was caught on camera.
It happened on Saturday during the pinball show in front of an audience of families and young children.
One of the dolphins, named Sundance, suddenly turned red, stopped performing, and became violent with a trainer.
Photographer Shannon Carpenter was there with his family and witnessed the frightening moment. He shot the video and shared it on TikTok.
The audience breathed a sigh of relief when the coach, visibly shaken but alive, managed to swim to the jetty.
The trainer was taken to an area hospital by ambulance, but this is just the latest in a series of incidents at the Seaquarium currently under investigation by USDA investigators.
Although it was recently sold and is now run by new owners, Mexico-based company Dolphin, it still employs many of the same trainers, vets and staff.
Last June, the USDA released a damning 17-page report citing numerous serious animal welfare violations at the seaquarium, including feeding spoiled fish to animals, dying dolphins and a crumbling tank that has been home to Lolita the orca for 25 years.
Animal rights group PETA responded to the incident with a statement that read:
“Time is up at the Miami Seaquarium, where beleaguered dolphins are in dire need of protection and workers are at risk. PETA urges this abuse park to end the exploitation of dolphins by moving them to sanctuaries as soon as possible, where they will never again be used in cheesy shows and no one else will be harmed.”
Monday night, Miami Seaquarium Local 10 News sent a statement that read:
“A dolphin and a trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing a routine behavior as part of the pinball show. This was an awkward interaction for both of them, and the dolphin responded by breaking out of routine and hitting the trainer. As a precaution, Miami-Dade County security officials were contacted. Our family includes the animals in our care, our team members and our guests. While there are no apparent serious injuries, careful monitoring and follow-up will ensure the best care for everyone.”
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