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Tragic Accident at Loro Park

Posted by dolly diver on December 28, 2009
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It is with great regret that Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz has announced the death of the Orca whale coach Alexis Martínez, following an unfortunate accident during the first training session at the stadium ‘Orca Ocean’, which as usual, involved seven coaches.
Alexis Martínez was attended to immediately by Loro Parque’s specialized staff and the Canary Emergency Department who responded immediately after a 112 emergency call.
After on-the-spot cardiopulmonary resuscitation he was taken by ambulance to BellVue Clinic, where he went into cardiac arrest.
This news has caused enormous pain to all the Loro Parque Orca staff and the show has been temporarily suspended as a sign of mourning.
Alexis Martínez Hernández was an excellent trainer with 29 years experience. He joined the Loro Parque family in 2004 which he loved. The post Mortem is expected to take place soon.

Spain’s Ministry of Defence has signed up to a joint effort with the Canarian government to help protect the whales and dolphins living in waters around the Islands.

Following months of negotiations, Defence officials have agreed to halt Naval exercises in the areas where the cetaceans are commonly found and will contribute to a new 800,000 euro research initiative aimed at enhancing the conservation status of the mammals. The agreement is also backed by the Ministry of the Environment. Experts believe that up to 8 whales and dolphins die on Canarian beaches every after losing their sense of direction due to the impact of sonar equipment used on Navy ships.