TODAY   |  July 25, 2012

‘06 video shows killer whale trying to drown trainer

Newly-released video, which was shot in 2006 and now being used as evidence in an investigation, shows a female orca whale dragging a trainer deep underwater as he struggles for life. The trainer survived. TODAY’s Hoda Kotb reports.

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>>> a newly released video shows an orca at seaworld tempting to drown her trainer. it has been made public in the investigation into the 2010 death of seaworld trainer dawn branche brancheau. the orca drags him under twice as he struggles for his life. once they return to the surface he's able to calm the orca into releasing his foot and he swims frantically away. he survives. the trainer would have released him if he remained calm.