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Just one day after orca Nakai died at SeaWorld after being held there for 21 years, PETA received eyewitness footage from a visitor at SeaWorld San Diego revealing a violent attack among orcas this morning, resulting in a serious wound to at least one of the animals.

The video seemingly shows the injured orca pushed against a ledge. A child can be heard asking, “how is [the orca] still alive?” In an apparent attempt to escape the other orcas, the injured orca appears to “beach” themselves—which is a highly unnatural behavior.

The eyewitness—who was visiting the park with their children—painted a picture of the literal bloodbath, which left their daughter in tears:

“We all immediately saw blood soaking the water, which triggered my 9-year-old daughter to start crying,” the eyewitness said. “We would see bite marks and fresh wounds all over the side of the whale. Every couple seconds, two [or] more orcas would jump out of the water to [continue] attacking the hurt orca.”

Recently-deceased Nakai was involved in a similar incident when he was kept in a tiny concrete tank with incompatible orcas in 2012 and sustained puncture marks and lost a chunk of his jaw in an attack by two of them.

©Ingrid N. Visser, Ph.D.

This Bloodbath is on SeaWorld’s Hands

In the ocean—where orcas live in tight-knit groups and foster deep emotional bonds with one another—aggression between orcas within a family pod is almost nonexistent. So why is it so common at abusement parks like SeaWorld?

Marine parks condemn orcas to miserable conditions—small, barren tanks that don’t allow them to swim at high speeds or dive great depths as they would in their natural habitats—causing them extreme stress and frustration. On top of that, it’s not uncommon for incompatible animals to be housed together in these tiny tanks, where they have nowhere to escape conflicts with other frustrated or aggressive animals.

Join PETA to Help Orcas and Other Animals Trapped at Miserable Marine Parks

PETA called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate SeaWorld San Diego for apparently housing incompatible animals together, which likely led to an orca getting attacked and potentially sustaining serious injuries. Because bullying among orcas can be difficult to resolve once it starts, we also called for the immediate separation of this orca to an adequately sized tank.

If you want to help orcas and other animals trapped at SeaWorld, you can start by never visiting SeaWorld or any other abusement park. Click the button below to urge SeaWorld to end its use of animals and retire them all to seaside sanctuaries:

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