Trainer Killed by Whale in Spanish Abusement* Park

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Trainer Killed by Whale in Spanish Abusement* Park

From EVANA (European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance)
December 2009

A Loro Parque trainer has been accidentally killed by one of the whales during the first training session for a Christmas spectacular. The trainer was 29-year-old Alexis Martínez from Puerto de la Cruz, and the accident occurred at 10.30 am this morning. The other 7 trainers were also present in the training session. As far as can be determined at present, Alexis was hit by the whale, and his death was caused by drowning after being under water for several minutes before he was rescued.

He was immediately assisted by the specialist personnel at Loro Parque while Emergency Services were called, and amidst resuscitation attempts, was transferred to the Bell Vue Clinic by ambulance, where he was admitted with cardiac arrest. Obviously, an autopsy will be needed before the precise cause of death can be confirmed.

The news has distressed Loro Parque staff immensely, and the planned Orca show has been suspended for the moment. Alexis had worked at the Parque since 2004, where he was dearly loved by colleagues.


*Abusement: Coined by Tim Gorski, Rattle the Cage Productions, producer of Lolita, Slave to Entertainment, an Orca enslaved in an "amusement" park (Miami Seaquarium) since the summer of 1970.