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SeaWorld: Killer whale mysteriously injured

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A performing Killer Whale suffered a horrific injury which left its jawbone exposed at a SeaWorld theme park, prompting fury from animal rights groups.

Pictures showing Nakai, an 11-year-old whale who performs at the San Diego SeaWorld park, with a large gash to its chin were leaked online by a unnamed whistleblower.

In a statement, SeaWorld said Nakai's injury was caused when it 'came into contact with a portion of the pool environment'.

http://www.dailymail...hts-groups.html

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That's got to be sore, poor thing.

They are far too big to be kept in captivity though.

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I was expecting something relatively small, but I don't see how something that big (the injury) happened as a result of hitting the side of the pool.

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It looks almost as if the whale had been attacked or it could have originally been a small wound that festered away due to gangerene perhaps.

Either way this does not look to be due to some "pool"accident. Poor thing. Hope he recoveres.

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A performing Killer Whale suffered a horrific injury which left its jawbone exposed at a SeaWorld theme park, prompting fury from animal rights groups.

Pictures showing Nakai, an 11-year-old whale who performs at the San Diego SeaWorld park, with a large gash to its chin were leaked online by a unnamed whistleblower.

In a statement, SeaWorld said Nakai's injury was caused when it 'came into contact with a portion of the pool environment'.

http://www.dailymail...hts-groups.html

Seaworld is either getting worse in their care of these animals or wistleblowers are just bringing these things to light because something is always happening with their orcas. I do think killer whales are too large to keep in captivity.

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Surely it needs stitching up, and quick? Treating it with antibiotics alone won't close the gash up. Yet more controversy from a tourist attraction I will never visit, out of principle.

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Who in their right mind thinks keeping whales as animals of amusement or even in tanks is a good idea? These are social animals that live in the bloody ocean for Jegus sake. Though I'm no fan of PETA, they make a good point about housing incompatible whales together. Whales are darn intelligent, it would be like kidnapping three guys and making them live together and perform tricks... I just almost described the Real World... except you're not paid and you live in an extremely tiny house.

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