Eastern Carolinians Weigh In On Fate Of Killer Whale

It's a story a lot of people are talking about. The killer whale at Sea World in Orlando, Florida is blamed in the death of a trainer. One of the big questions is what should happen to the whale?

People across eastern Carolina have varying opinions. We found Peggy Loelkes and Dick Pauly walking along the beach in Carteret County Thursday. Both think the whale should be euthanized. Loelkes says "It's a killer, and it could've hurt a child, or besides the trainer it could've hurt anybody."

But as the investigation into why the whale, who's now blamed for three deaths, did this...some we spoke with feel the killer whale was only acting as any wild animal would. Karen Pecoraro Russell says, "It's just a natural kind of thing for them to want to attack something that they think is, maybe they're in fear."

Sea World officials have not said yet what will happen to the whale.


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  • by Dianne Location: Emerald Isle on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    Nothing should happen to the whale - it wasn't acting in an aggressive or vicious manner. It was merely being curious (the ponytail) and had no conscious actions of causing harm.
  • by Lee Location: New Bern on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    This is a terrible tragedy. But, these animals should be in the ocean where they belong, not kept in tanks. Animals belong in the wild - not kept in zoos, aquariusm, or circuses - so that they can amuse human beings and bring in money.
  • by Sharon Location: Greenville on Feb 26, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    Why euthanize a killer whale for being a killer whale? It's not his fault. He was doing what orcas do. It's the ignorance of humans that caused this. They were not made to entertain us. God put them in the wild for a reason.
  • by Bran on Feb 26, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    A couple of the posts prior to mine show how ridiculous people can be. The killer whale should absolutely not be harmed and the latest that I've heard is that it is going to remain in the park with its family. Probably the best thing at this point since it wouldn't be able to survive on it's own.
  • by marine mom Location: washington on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    I think they should have shot it on the spot......
  • by boduke Location: pitt county on Feb 26, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    I think now would be the appropriate time to send around 15,000 lbs of fish nuggets to the starving people in Haiti
  • by Don Location: Williamston on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    I was there the first week of this month, and at the start of the Shamu show the whales came out and started and then went back in. One of the male trainers said, during the break, that this is what happens when you work with wild animals. He informed the crowd that when a 6000 lb whale doesn't want to work then you let him do what he wants. You never know really what they are going to do. Dont blame the whale for this it is only his nature. I do agree something needs to happen, maybe retire the whale and put him in a viewing tank but don't kill it...
  • by Sandy Location: Scuffleton on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    The educational value of having various "wild" animals in captivity is priceless. The first trainer Tilly killed was a very young inexperienced trainer handling a newly captive , very wild animal. The second person kileed caused his own demise. The latest was just a very tragic accident that is no ones fault. Zoos, aquariums and the like have a very important part in educating our society. Even a very well trained, domestic, pet dog can have a bad day and do something out of character. An ungelded , normally well-behaved horse can kill someone if he has a bad surge of hormones. Be realistic. Nature can be cruel sometimes. It is another learning experience. Sadly the trainer gave her life. The majority of Killer Whales in captivity now were not wild-caught, they were bred in captivity. Our society needs all the education it can get to understand all of the creatures with which we share this earth.
  • by Freak4ink on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    set him back in the ocean? might as well kill him, he'll never survive back in the ocean that happy ending is for free willy not the real world!
  • by Lisa Location: Washington on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:42 AM
    You cannot blame the animal. It is a WILD animal no matter how long it has been in captivity or even if it was born in captivity. Send them to an aquarium for people to enjoy watching. You cannot just send them out in the ocean because they are dependent on humans now.
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