Dolphin Attack Leaves Guests Confused at SeaWorld

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SeaWorld Orlando recently became the sight of a dolphin attack, according to bystanders.

There are plenty of fun experiences to enjoy when visiting SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, or SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld is known for its abundance of thrill rides, plus experiences to enjoy and encounter marine life up close and personal.

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However, a trip to SeaWorld Orlando recently did not go as planned. A bystander shared a video where they said a dolphin pod “repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod while the trainers were trying to do the show.”

User @the.man.child shared the video on TikTok.

A dolphin pod at SeaWorld Orlando today repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod, while the trainers were trying to do the show, causing the dolphin to start bleeding. 😬😥😥 #dolphin #seaworld #seaworldorlando#attack #violent #nature #fyp #wild #orlando #Florida

@the.man.child

A dolphin pod at SeaWorld Orlando today repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod, while the trainers were trying to do the show, causing the dolphin to start bleeding. 😬😥😥 #dolphin #seaworld #seaworldorlando #attack #violent #nature #fyp #wild #orlando #Florida

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The dolphin began bleeding, according to the Guest.

While this may have been shocking to some visiting the theme park, SeaWorld released a statement that this type of behavior is “normal” and the group is “behaving normally and eating well.”

“This video shows common behavior among dolphins exhibited by both wild populations and those in human care as part of natural social interactions.  During this interaction, one dolphin sustained some minor abrasions.  The dolphin was examined by our veterinarian who determined the abrasions were superficial and did not require additional medical treatment. The dolphin re-joined his pod without further incident and the group is behaving normally and eating well.  All of the dolphins in this video remain in good health. Numerous scientific studies have been published about this type of behaviour among dolphins demonstrating that it is normal and socially healthy.”

Earlier this year, PETA shared a video of an apparent Orca attack at the San Diego theme park filmed by a Guest. The attack resulted in a “serious wound” to at least one of the animals, according to the release.

“PETA received eyewitness footage from a visitor revealing a violent attack among orcas this morning, resulting in a serious wound to at least one of the animals. In response, PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), calling on the agency to investigate the abusement park for apparent federal Animal Welfare Act violations over housing incompatible animals together, a practice the company has been warned against in the past.”

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SeaWorld responded with comments of its own to this incident, as well:

“The video released by PETA is misleading and mischaracterized. In fact, it shows common orca behaviors exhibited by both wild populations and those in human care as part of natural social interactions.  During the interaction, one of the orcas sustained some minor and superficial abrasions that pose no serious health risk.

“Numerous scientific papers have been published about these behaviors among wild orcas. The papers include documented physical evidence in orcas that resulted from these same types of interactions in the open ocean.”

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