Alexis Martínez was an orca trainer at Loro Parque’s Orca Ocean in the Canary Islands, who was killed by a SeaWorld-owned orca, Keto.

Career[edit | edit source]

Alexis Martinez, age 29, had worked at Loro Parque since 2004. He was killed during a Christmas show rehearsal when he was attacked by one of the orcas, Keto.

Death[edit | edit source]

On Christmas Eve 2009, exactly two months before Tilikum killed Dawn Brancheau, Loro Parque trainer A. M. (Alexis Martínez) was working with Keto, a killer whale owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. During a training session, Keto pulled A. M. under water and then rammed him in his chest. A. M. died of massive internal bleeding (Tr. 408)

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