Dolphin attacks trainer during ‘Flipper Show’ in Florida, report says

Generic image of a dolphin. (Pixabay)

MIAMI – A dolphin went on the attack at Miami Seaquarium and it was all captured on camera, KPRC sister station WPLG reported Monday.

It happened Saturday during the “Flipper Show” in front of an audience of families and young children.

One of the dolphins, named Sundance, suddenly went rogue, breaking from his performance and getting violent with a trainer.

Photographer Shannon Carpenter was there with his family and saw the frightening moment happen. He shot the video and shared it on TikTok.

The audience breathed a sigh of relief when the trainer was finally able to swim to the dock, visibly shaken, but alive.

Read more and watch the full, exclusive video from WPLG.

Monday night, Miami Seaquarium sent WPLG a statement, which read:

“A dolphin and trainer accidentally collided in the water on Saturday while performing a routine behavior as part of the ‘Flipper Show.’ This was an uncomfortable interaction for both of them and the dolphin reacted by breaking away from the routine and striking the trainer. As a precaution, Miami-Dade County safety authorities were contacted. Our family extends to include the animals in our care, our team members and our guests. While there is no apparent serious injury, a careful watch and follow-up evaluations will ensure the best care for all.”


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