Last September, journalist David Kirby sat in an Orlando courtroom and watched a deadly ballet unfold.
On screen, in a video that’s never been released publicly, an underwater camera silently captures the movements of a 2.5-ton killer whale that’s grabbed a trainer by his foot. She drags him around the pool, up and down, refusing to let him breathe, refusing to listen to commands from the trainer’s desperate co-workers up above.
Although his foot was broken, the trainer would survive. So would the Shamu killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego.