A viral video has surfaced showing a dolphin incident occurring at a Walt Disney World Resort theme park competitor, SeaWorld Orlando in Central Florida. SeaWorld has released a statement about the occurrence, as well as provided an update on the condition of the attacked dolphin.
The video shared by @the.man.child via TikTok on November 4, 2022, has gone viral, as it captures a pod of dolphins attacking another dolphin while SeaWorld Park Guests were seated for a dolphin presentation.
The video is shared along with the note, “A dolphin pod at SeaWorld Orlando today repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod, while the trainers were trying to do the show, causing the dolphin to start bleeding.” See the video below:
A statement regarding the incident and the dolphin’s condition has been received from SeaWorld Orlando, as shared below:
“This video shows common behavior among dolphins exhibited by both wild populations and those in human care as part of natural social interactions. During this interaction, one dolphin sustained some minor abrasions. The dolphin was examined by our veterinarian who determined the abrasions were superficial and did not require additional medical treatment.”
“The dolphin re-joined his pod without further incident and the group is behaving normally and eating well. All of the dolphins in this video remain in good health. Numerous scientific studies have been published about this type of behaviour among dolphins demonstrating that it is normal and socially healthy.”
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has also released a statement that includes the note that this is not the only recent animal attack at a SeaWorld Park. PETA also received footage from a Guest at SeaWorld San Diego showing an orca attack.
Currently, SeaWorld’s Dolphin Stadium continues to offer its Dolphin Adventures presentation, which allows Guests to learn and see bottlenose dolphins interact and play.
We will be sure to share further updates as provided in regard to the SeaWorld Park bottlenose dolphin incident.