A pilot whale leaped out of the water at SeaWorld and seemed to be stranded on the edge of its pool. The sight of the whale thrashing put the crowd in an uproar and this was caught on video, which has gone viral. This video of the SeaWorld whale struggling to get back in the water has now caused an uproar nationwide. Animal lovers and animal rights groups are demanding answers about this incident from SeaWorld, according to Radaronline on July 27, 2013.
A man named Carlo de Leonibus caught the whale out of water on video, as this happened during one of SeaWorld’s shows. He was there with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Catiana. The show was interrupted because it started to rain and lightening was near, so the trainers ran for cover with the whales still in the pool.
It was during this time when the small pilot whale jumped out of the pool and seemed to be stranded out of the water. The hundreds of people there watching the show saw this and became angry as none of the trainers went over to the whale to help him. Leonibus said:
“The crowd was in a rage, in an uproar. Some of them were stomping their feet.”
The situation appeared to get even more urgent when other pilot whales came over to the edge and tried to help the struggling whale stuck on land. The whale that was stuck appeared to be just a baby.
This occurred numerous times with the whales swimming up to their friend and trying to nudge him off of the concrete pool edge. This just ignited the crowd at SeaWorld even more, who were now yelling for trainers to come out and help the stranded creature.
On the video you can hear the crowd shouting and stamping their feet. It got to the point where kids were crying while watching the pilot whale thrash about, turning itself from side to side. This was a motion that looked to the spectators as if the whale was trying to get back into the pool. It was 20 minutes before two trainers came to the pilot whale’s rescue.
Once the video went viral, people were so mad about the lack of help given to this whale that folks stood out in front of SeaWorld with signs. SeaWorld released a statement:
“The animal was never in danger,” SeaWorld said in a statement after the video went public. The rep insisted the pilot whales often end up on the ledge and seem to enjoy it but that some of the “younger and more inexperienced animals – like the one on the video – sometimes take a little longer, because they haven’t completely mastered the technique yet.”
This video is causing a new problem for SeaWorld, which is already under attack for the way they train and house these huge creatures in a new documentary called “Blackfish.”