An online video showed a huge killer whale thrashing his trainer for 15 minutes at a U.S. theme park SeaWorld.
The 2006 video was released as part of the on-going litigation against SeaWorld by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The government says SeaWorld has endangered its trainers by exposing them to the dangerous whales.
Killer whale Kasatka's attack on San Diego trainer Ken Peters has been put on YouTube.
In the video, Kasatka grabs her trainer's foot and drags him under the water for extended periods of time.
Peters, who remains eerily calm, finally manages to free himself, only to have Kasatka charge him over the barrier net.
After he resurfaced, the whale grabbed him again and violently shook him back and forth with her powerful neck muscles.
At the time, SeaWorld tried to downplay the incident.
"There are times like this. They are killer whales. She did choose to demonstrate her feelings in a way that was unfortunate," Mike Scarpuzzi, head trainer at SeaWorld, was quoted as saying.
Trainers were eventually able to separate the two with the help of a net, but the whale tried to rip Peters away from safety.
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