Written by Jeff Mackey
After visiting SeaWorld and taking photographs
of Nakai's injury (two of which are shown below), Dr. Ingrid N. Visser, founder
and principal scientist of the Orca Research Trust, found that there are "puncture
marks that match orca teeth spacing," which "is a clear indication
that an altercation between the orcas was involved." The puncture marks in
question can be seen at the bottom right of the wound in the first photo below:
©Ingrid N. Visser, Ph.D.
This evidence strongly suggests that Nakai's wound was
indeed caused by a bite resulting from incompatible confinement rather than
contacting with the side of the pool, as SeaWorld has alleged.
Originally posted September 28:
Following a serious and gruesome injury to an orca in an
avoidable attack, PETA has submitted a complaint asking the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to take disciplinary action against SeaWorld for housing orcas
incompatibly in violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
As you can see in these disturbing photographs, Nakai, an 11-year-old
male orca at SeaWorld in San Diego, sustained a laceration so significant that,
as a whistleblower said, "a dinner plate-sized chunk of his lower mandible [has been] sheared off,
exposing underlying tissues, and bone." The flesh cut from him "was
big enough and intact enough for SeaWorld to retrieve it from the bottom of the
According to the whistleblower's report to journalist Tim Zimmermann, Nakai's injury was
a result of "a major altercation" between Nakai and two other orcas,
Keet and Ikaika. The AWA makes it clear that "marine mammals that are not
compatible must not be housed in the same enclosure." Yet SeaWorld parks
have a long history of housing incompatible orcas from widely divergent groups together in
enclosures—and the result has been stress, agitation, aggressive and bloody raking, serious injury, and
It's clear that SeaWorld can't be trusted to make the safety
and well-being of marine animals its top priority. Please don't ever visit
SeaWorld (or any other marine-mammal park)—and tell company executives why you won't support the abuse of Nakai and the other intelligent, complex animals
they've imprisoned and enslaved.
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