Orca Injured at SeaWorld: Understated or Under Control?

Written by on September 29, 2012 in Marine Life
SeaWorld San Diego’s ”One Ocean” show. Photo credit: SeaWorld.

SeaWorld San Diego’s “One Ocean” show. Photo credit: SeaWorld.

Recent reports have confirmed the injury that was sustained by Nakai, an 11-year-old Orca at Sea World on September 20th.

Nakai injured his chin on an edge of the pool while performing a night show with two other whales.

“Nakai is currently receiving antibiotics and the veterinarians are pleased with the healing progress of his wound,” said Sea World spokesman Dave Koontz.  He is “swimming comfortably and interacting with other killer whales.”

However, Sea World’s account of the injury is being questions after photos of Nakai turned up on the internet.  The photos were taken from a video made from a visitor on September 27, and the injury looks very serious.  Many have commented that the injury was too severe to be cause by “bumping” into the side of the pool.

You can read more about the incident, and other whale injuries at sea world, here:

Orcas. Photo Credit: Dr. Brandon Southall, NMFS/OPR.

Orcas. Photo Credit: Dr. Brandon Southall, NMFS/OPR.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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