Horrifying Moment Dolphin Turns On Trainer And Drags Them Underwater In Seaqaurium
Viral footage captures the gruesome moment a dolphin turns on its trainer and drags it underwater. Watch the clip below:
Families were left terrified after Sundance the Dolphin went rogue at the Miami Seaquarium during a routine performance with his trainer.
During the Flipper show, the 23-year-old dolphin can be seen deviating from his choreography before heading towards his trainer.
Two performers rushed out of the pool to safety, leaving the Sundance coach in danger.
The audience could only watch as the dolphin taunted her trainer, plunging her underwater before she could reach the edge of the pool.
She eventually escaped the terrifying ordeal, dragging herself from the pool and laying on her side. Her colleague runs to her aid, kneeling beside her.
Photographer Shannon Carpenter (TikTok – @scphoto_ky) captured the gruesome moment on camera and posted it to TikTok with the caption: “Dolphin trainer just attacked by Flipper. The police have just arrived.
Speaking to the local news network, WPLG Local 10, Carpenter said the children were “cheering and thinking it was good”, not understanding the seriousness of the situation.
“You could tell the adults knew something was wrong,” he said. “You could tell she was in some kind of pain.”
The trainer was quickly picked up by an ambulance and taken to a local hospital, the outlet reported.
On Monday evening (April 12), Miami Seaquarium released a statement about the incident to CBS News Miami.
He said: “A dolphin and trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing routine behavior on the Pinball Show.
“It was an uncomfortable interaction for both of them and the dolphin reacted by breaking the routine and hitting the trainer.
“As a precaution, Miami-Dade County security authorities have been contacted.
“Our family extends to include the animals in our care, our team members and our guests. Although there are no apparent serious injuries, careful monitoring and follow-up assessments will ensure the best care for all.”
TikTok users have weighed in on the situation, with one saying, “That’s why I refuse to go to sea world or any other park that exploits mammals for profit. ”
A third person said: “We expect the animals to dance for our entertainment… In an abnormally small container and are shod when it doesn’t work.”