SeaWorld responds to viral video of whale out of water

SeaWorld responds to viral video of whale out of water (Image 1)

SeaWorld is responding to a viral video shot by a Tampa Bay-area man that appeared to show a pilot whale struggling to get back into the water during a show earlier this month.

In a statement to the NBC station in Orlando, SeaWorld said the behavior of the whale was actually normal.

Carlo De Leonibus posted video of the situation online.  In the video's description, it said fans became angry and began yelling “save the dolphin.”

SeaWorld officials said, “The pilot whale shown in the video is not stranded or beached on the ledge at SeaWorld Orlando's whale and dolphin stadium. The whale was never in danger. This is social and play behavior our trainers see daily and sometimes hourly by the pilot whales. If you listen closely the trainer on microphone is trying to tell the audience just that.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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