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Dolphins attack trainer during fin show at Miami Aquarium – CBS Miami

Miami (CBS Miami) – A scary moment between a dolphin and a trainer at the Miami Aquarium over the weekend.

It happened on Saturday in front of a crowd during the Flipper Dolphin Show. Cell phone video shows the trainer struggling to stay afloat as the dolphin, Sundance, drags her underwater and then pushes her forward.

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The Seaquarium completed its investigation, which found the trainer accidentally scratched Sundance with her hand.

According to Seaquarium, it was undoubtedly painful for the dolphins and they broke off and then swam back toward the trainer.

“A dolphin and a trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing a routine behavior as part of the Flipper Show. This was an uncomfortable interaction for both of them and the dolphin reacted by breaking out of the routine and hitting the trainer,” according to a statement from the Miami Aquarium.

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The coach, who did not suffer any serious injuries, managed to get out of the water.

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Our family extends to the animals in our care, our team members and our guests. Although there is no apparent serious injury, close monitoring and follow-up assessments will ensure the best care for everyone,” according to the statement.

The dolphin was not hurt.

That’s enough, Betta, who has tried for years to keep the Lolita marine aquarium free of an orca, said in a statement.

“It is time for the Miami Aquarium, where long-suffering dolphins desperately need protection and workers are at risk. PETA urges this “recreational” park to end its exploitation of dolphins by relocating them to sanctuaries as soon as possible so that they are not used in toad shows again And no one else will get hurt,” according to a statement by PETA General Counsel for Animal Law Jared Goodman.

Earlier this month, Lolita retired after modeling and performing for nearly 50 years.

The US Department of Agriculture awarded MS Leisure Company Inc. – Owner of Miami Seaquarium – Modeler license provided she does not exhibit Lolita and Lii, a white-faced dolphin.

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The 20-foot-tall Lolita tank that called home over half a century ago is permanently closed to the public.

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