CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – A SeaWorld attack video between whale Kasatka and Ken Peters is promoting debate. The Sea World attack video was recorded of killer whale Kasatka going after trainer Ken “Petey” Peters in 2006. The video was release to news this week, however, following a Freedom of Information Act request.
The attack video predates the February 2010 death of Dawn Branchau by whale Tilikum. Following the 2012 attack of Brancheau, shocking video of her deadly attack was released to news.
Before Branchau, Tilikum had attacked another trainer. In 1991, Tilikum and two female whales, in front of spectators, dragged trainer Keltie Byrne below the water surface. Tilikum drowned Bryne. That attack happened at another water park.
Officials tell news that the FIA request for the 2006 video was made by David Kirby, author of the book “Death at Sea World.” During the encounter captured on tape, Peters suffered puncture wounds. Peters survived the attack and still works at Sea World.
In a news statement today, SeaWorld said the following “This incident was well documented and thoroughly covered by the news media in 2006. This video clearly shows the trainer’s remarkable composure and the skillful execution of an emergency response plan, both of which helped result in a successful outcome with minor injuries. It should be noted that CalOSHA did not issue any citations to SeaWorld as a result of this incident. SeaWorld’s trainer returned to work shortly after this incident and remains a member of the team at Shamu Stadium to this day.” The video can be seen HERE.