http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...nes-californiaKiller whales endanger park staff, state says
SeaWorld disputes finding that it is 'only a matter of time' before a trainer is killed by one of the mammals.
By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
March 2, 2007
SAN DIEGO SeaWorld officials Thursday hotly disputed a finding by state investigators that it is "only a matter of time" before a trainer is killed by one of the park's killer whales.
"The trainers recognize this risk and train not for 'if' an attack will happen but 'when,' " said a report by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
The report, released Tuesday, follows an investigation into a Nov. 29 incident in which Kasatka, a 7,000-pound, 17-foot-long female, dragged her trainer underwater in front of hundreds of horrified spectators at Shamu Stadium.
Um, she's a WILD animal. It's not like she keeps a copy of Emily Post nearby to check for the proper etiquette in telling one's trainer you've had enough...Peters told investigators that he had no warning that Kasatka was going to drag him to the bottom of the 36-foot-deep pool. "She didn't show me any precursors. She didn't tell me; she didn't show me," the report quoted him as saying.