SeaWorld Needlessly Flirts With Disaster!
As promised, see below for the video companion to the hottest topic on this morning's show. Watch the fightening moment when a dolphin at SeaWorld-Orlando surges out of the water and grabs an 8-year-old girl's forearm.
Here's a link to the most comprehensive story I've seen on this incident. When you read the story, you'll note that kids, and anyone preparing to feed fish to the dolphins at SeaWorld's popular Dolphin Cove attraction, are instructed not to lift the cardboard tray of food, because it sends a signal to the dolphins that can cause them to lunge at you.
Luckily, the dolphin released it's grip on the girl's arm, but her dad said he feared his daughter might be dragged down to the bottom of the pool and drowned, in much the same way that the killer whale at SeaWorld killed a trainer a couple of years back.
I triggered a slew of phone calls on today's show by expressing my surprise that SeaWorld would risk a similar tragedy that might involve the death of child. I'm not sure SeaWorld as we have known it, could survive that.
My simple solution - no more moveable trays. Have the feeding trays built into the wall around the pool. SeaWorld workers fill each tray with fish...the kids feed the dolphins...then the trays are refilled as new kids come forward for their turn. Makes sense to me. What do you think?