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Escape Artist 12-03-2012 07:27 AM

Girl Bitten by Dolphin at Sea World!
 
Yikes! Did you all see the video of the girl who got bitten by a dolphin at Sea World? :eek:

(It was on cnn.com - I don't know if it can be linked here.)

The girl is an 8-year-old who was feeding the dolphins. When she was done, she lifted up the empty paper tray, which she'd been told not to do. The dolphin went after the empty tray and got the girl's hand all the way across the inside of its mouth!

I think the girl was lucky to come out of that with only a few puncture wounds. As a mom, it had to be terrifying for her family to have that happen. As a Sea World fan, I hope they can do something to help prevent this kind of injury in the future without severely changing the dolphin feeding activity.

Just curious if anyone else has seen this video and what are your thoughts?

Sue in Texas

Escape Artist 12-03-2012 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Escape Artist (Post 46841224)

(It was on cnn.com - I don't know if it can be linked here.)

Sue in Texas

Here's a link to the video her mom posted on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXiakfblpFs

Clearly, Sea World knows this can happen, and the mom is right, thank heavens it didn't pull her in! I think that would have been unlikely,though - the wall is pretty high, and the dolphin didn't want the girl or her hand, it only wanted more fish.

Still - a powerful image there!

Sue in Texas
...still taking her kids to Sea World...

mom of2 12-03-2012 09:48 AM

The girl didn't follow the rules and got bit. The parents weren't parenting her, and she got bit.

I took my then 3 and 6 year old to feed the dolphins. I made sure they listended to the instructions and then I made them repeat them back to me and I WATCHED them. No problems only a great experience.

One of the parents is quoted as saying they heard them say not to lift the tray but they didn't know why. So because you don't know why you don't make sure your kid follows the rules?

sommergirl25 12-03-2012 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by mom of2 (Post 46842166)
The girl didn't follow the rules and got bit. The parents weren't parenting her, and she got bit.

I took my then 3 and 6 year old to feed the dolphins. I made sure they listended to the instructions and then I made them repeat them back to me and I WATCHED them. No problems only a great experience.

One of the parents is quoted as saying they heard them say not to lift the tray but they didn't know why. So because you don't know why you don't make sure your kid follows the rules?

^^ This, exactly. It doesn't matter why they have the rules just that they have them and are supposed to be followed. We have been to Sea World many times and listen to rules. We have always had an amazing time!

Kristibo42 12-03-2012 09:51 AM

I hate to say this but they told her not to do it. I think people need to start paying attention to instructions. Just remember these are animals.

wiigirl 12-03-2012 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Kristibo42 (Post 46842192)
I hate to say this but they told her not to do it. I think people need to start paying attention to instructions. Just remember these are animals.

Totally agree....

trouttigger 12-03-2012 10:08 AM

I do hope this does not turn into banning everyone from doing it just because ONE person DID NOT follow instructions and THEREFORE had an accident.

We'll find out in 12 days.

Belle & Ariel 12-03-2012 10:53 AM

Hopefully the parents will not sue.
I wonder if they realize their lack of watching her and following the rules even though they didn't know why the rule was there caused this to happen to their child?
Funny thing is we were there that following weekend and did not hear anything about it til today.

2Pirates2Princesses 12-03-2012 11:17 AM

I agree with what others on this thread have said. What happened was definitely unfortunate and very frightening for that little girl and her family; but even the mom admitted today on Good Morning America that this happened because the rule to not lift the food carton off the wall was not followed. With that being said, I do feel it is a bit unfair that the parents are also saying that Sea World downplayed the incident and that they feel changes need to be made to the exhibit such as raising the age limit of who can participate in the dolphin feedings.

DOOM1001 12-03-2012 11:22 AM

The parents aren't suing,the girl messed up.Several years ago anyone without buying food could just go up to the dolphins to touch them,then people started doing the wrong things around the dolphins so it became more limited.Since Sea World is making money from the people feeding the dolphins they definitely won't be banning people from feeding them but people need to follow the rules to prevent something more serious from happening that could lead to people getting banned,either from the people harming the dolphins or the dolphins harming the people.

Kristibo42 12-03-2012 11:34 AM

Of course the parents are going to sue. If not then why show that their kid messed up. You can't tell me they don't want money for this. Putting it on YouTube they knew it would get to the media.

Princess Dolly 12-03-2012 11:40 AM

I feel bad for the dolphins. As for the little girl and her family, follow the rules and this wouldn't have happened.

DOOM1001 12-03-2012 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Kristibo42 (Post 46842956)
Of course the parents are going to sue. If not then why show that their kid messed up. You can't tell me they don't want money for this. Putting it on YouTube they knew it would get to the media.

In the report I saw they said they weren't suing.

reelmom 12-03-2012 08:29 PM

There goes anybody else getting to feed the dolphins. I guarantee OSHA gets involved and shuts down this experience. People are stupid.

Escape Artist 12-04-2012 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by reelmom (Post 46847356)
There goes anybody else getting to feed the dolphins. I guarantee OSHA gets involved and shuts down this experience. People are stupid.

I certainly hope it doesn't go that far. The child was in the wrong, but she is a child and it's human nature to do the wrong thing sometimes. That said, I hope Sea World doesn't end up paying off this family just to avoid or settle a law suit. They shouldn't have to pay for this - nor should all of us who would end up paying for it thru higher ticket prices.

If they do have to make changes, I hope it's something along the lines of:
- stop using those paper trays. Find some other way of distributing the fish that won't encourage the dolphins to lunge after them, or
- build a little ledge underneath the top of the wall around the dolphin pool. Make it very clear that the trays have to stay under the ledge.

Hopefully the little girl will heal up just fine, life with go on at Sea World as normal, and this won't happen again.

Sue in Texas


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