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Old 12-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Dolphin Bite 8yr old's hand - glad I watched it

http://www.wdwinfo.com/news/seaworld...d_Orlando.htm?

Not wanting to start a debate about the rules and safety etc. but it's made me feel more vigilant when we go on our next trip with our little girl for the first time. I think we (maybe just me) can get complacent around these huge creatures. It quite upset me to watch to be honest. Thanks to the guy for letting us all see it.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Saw this on Sky News a few days ago.
I guess thats why they warn you to put the dish on the wall and not hold it up where the dolphin can see.
I think we all get complacent in themeparks, always good to be reminded of the dangers.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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I have to be honest and say I had the same misconceptions of dolphins until I did Dolphins in Depth at Epcot and since then I have seen them in a completely different light.

The trainers (and other marine life!) at Epcot have more issues with the dolphins than the sharks in the livings seas tank!
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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the parents didnt realise she could get bitten?? seriously !!

when feeding any animal surely you are aware there is a chance you may get bitten ?
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The father clearly had a lawsuit in mind by the way he forced the child to show her hand This story really annoys me as there are signs telling you what to do/not to do, its obvious that there is always going to be a small risk and if these people create a real fuss then Seaworld may end up stopping people feeding the dolphins
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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In the briefing before the feeding, you are specifically told not to move the cardboard dish once they have placed it on the wall in front of you, they go on to say that if you pick it up the dolphins will presume it is food and will likely try to get it!!

The only people too blame are the Parents for not supervising and ensuring their daughter followed the rules, I'm not heartless and I wouldn't wish harm on anyone's child and its a shame that she was hurt, but for the family to suggest they were unaware that its possible to be hurt by a dolphin is nothing shorting a lie, I also don't understand why they felt the need to publish the video on the Internet (when they promised their daughter nobody would see the video) all they have accomplished is to make seaworld look bad and increase the possibility that children will not be allowed to feed dolphins in the future, 1 Family not following the rules and deciding to publish video on the Internet jeopardises this activity for everyone else in the future!
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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the parents didnt realise she could get bitten?? seriously !!

when feeding any animal surely you are aware there is a chance you may get bitten ?
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The father clearly had a lawsuit in mind by the way he forced the child to show her hand This story really annoys me as there are signs telling you what to do/not to do, its obvious that there is always going to be a small risk and if these people create a real fuss then Seaworld may end up stopping people feeding the dolphins
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In the briefing before the feeding, you are specifically told not to move the cardboard dish once they have placed it on the wall in front of you, they go on to say that if you pick it up the dolphins will presume it is food and will likely try to get it!!

The only people too blame are the Parents for not supervising and ensuring their daughter followed the rules, I'm not heartless and I wouldn't wish harm on anyone's child and its a shame that she was hurt, but for the family to suggest they were unaware that its possible to be hurt by a dolphin is nothing shorting a lie, I also don't understand why they felt the need to publish the video on the Internet (when they promised their daughter nobody would see the video) all they have accomplished is to make seaworld look bad and increase the possibility that children will not be allowed to feed dolphins in the future, 1 Family not following the rules and deciding to publish video on the Internet jeopardises this activity for everyone else in the future!
Agreed with ALL of the above !
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:10 PM   #8
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Agree with everything that's been said.

What happened to common sense when it comes to safety?

Then somebody sues them, they stop the dolphin feeding, and everybody blames 'elf n safety regulations. Used to really bug me when I used to be a HSE inspector that we got blamed for stopping stuff. It wasn't because of our regulations, but because businesses are scared stiff of getting sued by mindless idiots who don't take care of themselves.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:08 PM   #9
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I agree with everything that has been said.

At the end of the day, there are rules to be followed. I know kids (and adults!) get excited when they're on holiday and in theme parks but there are always going to be risks, especially when you're feeding an animal!
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Agreed with ALL of the above !
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I agree on the whole with what's been said but I also think there is an element of awareness by SeaWorld that this might happen hence having the warnings in the first place. Should they even offer it as an option to children just to make $7 more?

I feel sorry for both sides really. It sounds to me like they just shouldn't offer these interactions with what are non-domesticated animals at the end of the day.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #12
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Dolphins are wild animals, even if they are trained.
People seem to forget this, because dolphins are cute and have a "benevolent" reputation

Now would people let their 7 year old feed a baby lion, because it's cute and trained, and let the kid wave a piece of meat in front of the cute "kitty" ?
I guess not, or they'd be asking for trouble.

There are safety guidelines and rules.
Parents know if their kid can understand and heed those guidelines.

It's sad for the little girl, but I wouldn't blame seaworld or the dolphin.

Parents are supposed to supervise children at all times. It's written all over the place at Disneyworld's for example.

Now what's next ? A kid gets past the restraint on Dumbo, while mommy's busy tweeting on her iphone, the kid falls and the family sues because the ride is unsafe ? Theme parks should not allow people to ride on such unsafe and dangerous rides ... let's close them down for the greater good ...

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Yes but lets not be naive, SeaWorld are not just targeting adults, they are targeting anyone that will give them $7 and maybe they should just use a little more discretion. Not everyone is super-smart like us or super brilliant parents like us and like it or not, they do have a responsibility for the actions of the animals as they chose to allow minors to feed them for money!
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Yes but lets not be naive, SeaWorld are not just targeting adults, they are targeting anyone that will give them $7 and maybe they should just use a little more discretion. Not everyone is super-smart like us or super brilliant parents like us and like it or not, they do have a responsibility for the actions of the animals as they chose to allow minors to feed them for money!
You don't need to be "super smart" just follow the simple rule "don't pick up the tray" and I don't feel they have responsibility for anything that happens as a direct consequence of somebody breaking the rules, along the lines mentioned by another member above would it be Disney's fault if a child reached out of a boat on splash mountain and hurt their hand, despite the fact they it says everywhere and you are told to keep your hands inside at all times?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:39 AM   #15
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The parents should have been watching their child! A dolphin is a wild animal- a cute one but wild all the same.

That said, I really dislike the way SeaWorld keeps them cooped up in such a small tank. I feel so sorry for them.

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