Whale Incidents At SeaWorld
Including Wednesday, there have been 22 incidents since the early 70s involving whales at SeaWorld.
On Feb. 21, 1991, Keltie Byrene, 20, slipped and fell into the Tilikum whale pool. She was dragged, screaming across the pool and repeatedly submerged. Other trainers attempted to rescue her, but she eventually drowned.
In July 5, 1999, a man hid inside SeaWorld Orlando after it closed and then jumped in with the Tilikum whale tank. He was found dead the next morning.
Back in 1999, even the trainers were saying Tilikum had a history of this sort of thing.
"We do not consider this a safe animal for our own trainers to interact with in the water,” SeaWorld Vice President Vic Abbey said in 1999. “He has had a history before coming to SeaWorld Orlando.”
In November 2006 at SeaWorld San Diego, an orca whale pulled trainer Ken Peters, 39, below the surface by his foot. Peters eventually managed to safely exit the pool.
In July 2004 at SeaWorld San Antonio, trainer Steve Aibel was attacked for several minutes during a show. Amazingly, he was not hurt.