HORROR video captures the moment a SeaWorld is dragged down in an attack by two giant 6,000-pound orcas.
Tamarie Tollison, 28, let out a “blood-curdling” scream as the two 6,000-pound orcas, Orkid and Splash, held her down in the pool in front of a horrified onlooker.
Tamarie is seen sitting on the edge of a pool with the seemingly friendly killer whales, dangling her foot in the water.
But suddenly she’s being thrown around and being dragged into the water while desperately trying to hold on to the tank’s gate at SeaWorld in San Diego.
Since then, SeaWorld has changed its policy and trainers have not been allowed to swim with the giant mammals since 2010.
The park always insists that its orcas receive top-notch care and denies that they are aggressive
The animals receive “positive reinforcement” daily along with the support of hundreds of care specialists.
Tamarie’s terrifying encounter is commemorated in the film Blackfish, a hit documentary that focused on captive orcas – specifically Tilikum, who has been linked to three deaths.
In the film, another former trainer, John Hargrove, recounted what happened when Orkid suddenly caught Tamaire’s foot, alongside still footage of the attack.
“It’s at this point that Tamarie knows she’s in trouble,” says Hargrove.
“She’s underwater, Splash and Orkid both have her, she’s completely out of sight, no other trainer knows that’s happening.
“People start screaming. You just hear Tamarie screaming “Someone help me” and the way she screamed was just bloodthirsty.
“She knew she was going to die.”
Hargrove says it was at this point that another trainer, Robin Sheets, made the “brilliant decision” to take the chain from the gate of a pool containing another okra, kasatka.
That would convey the message to the two orcas that Kasatka was coming in and she “was more dominant than Orkid, so Orkid let her go,” he explained.
He added that Tollison’s arm is “U-shaped” from a compound fracture and that after the 2001 attack she is “very lucky to be alive, that’s for sure”.
Footage shows a badly shaken Tollison being led away with her badly injured arm.
Orkid, who weighed 5900 pounds, was born in captivity and the horrific Tollison incident wasn’t the only time she attacked a trainer.
In 2006, according to a California State Accident Records Report on another incident at the park, a trainer worked on a show with Orkid and another orca Sumar.
As the unnamed trainer swam, Orkid “came up behind him and grabbed his left ankle. She rolled and pushed him under the water almost to the bottom of the pool.”
The trainer was held underwater for nearly 30 seconds.
In 1991, Tilikum – who weighed a whopping 12,000 pounds – was still confined in Sealand when a young part-time worker slipped and fell into the pool.
Onlookers watched in sheer fear as Tilikum and his two tankmates submerged marine biology student Keltie Byrne – dragging her wildly through the pool and preventing her from surfacing.
Ten years later, Tilikum killed star trainer Dawn Brancheau.
As part of the post-show routine, star trainer Dawn Brancheau was borrowing over the edge of the pool to rub Tilikum when his demeanor suddenly changed and he was pulling her into the water by her ponytail.
Harrowing scenes saw Dawn being shaken and thrown around as terrified guests were frantically ushered out by staff.
The 40-year-old was reportedly scalped and her arm bitten off in the attack.
In another attack, a trainer was left with a broken neck and allegedly walked half-naked to an ambulance after the park’s most violent orca, Kandu 5, suffered a shocking attack.
Joanne Webber, 26, who had five years experience working with orcas, was in the tank when the 6,000-pound mammal landed on her, pinning her to the bottom of the tank.
SeaWorld said in a statement, “This situation happened more than 20 years ago.
“We have extensive protocols and training in place to ensure the safety of our trainers and animals.
“This coach did not follow the safety protocols in place at the time. It is also important to note that trainers have not trained in the water with killer whales for many years.”
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