This is a photo of me at 3 ½ years old, my family had season passes, I spent most of my summers at sea world. Back then, during the shows, they would walk children down and set them on the back of the whale at the very end of the show. This was one of the most amazing moments of my young life, for years I was inspired, I wanted to be a trainer and work with animals. In August 2007, 2 months after graduating high school, I was hired as a water quality diver at sea world, I worked there for almost 6 ½ years. I quickly realized the nightmare that lay behind the facade of my childhood dreams. I also learned more and more about the behaviors and aggression of the animals, not only was I attacked by Dolphins and penguins, but the orcas would charge the gates and jaw pop at us while we dove just feet away on the other side of the gate. One day I took this photo in and asked the trainers what whale this was and asked if the whale was still there at SWSD. They said yes, that’s Mom, otherwise known as kasatka. This is the whale in the movie blackfish that is attacking Petey the trainer and dragging him down by the ankle, and as a 3 ½ year old they put me on her back. Sea world is all about the show, and now I know.