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The Orca Keto Did Attack and Kill Alexis Martinez

The Orca Keto Did Attack and Kill Alexis Martinez

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Information regarding the death of Orca Trainer Alexis Martinez, by the killer whale named "Keto"
Information regarding the death of Orca Trainer Alexis Martinez, by the killer whale named "Keto"

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The Orca Keto Did Attack and Kill Alexis Martinez,Loro Parque Trainer:
 The forensic medical report certifies that the body of theyoung man exhibited the bite marks of the whale
M. Á. MONTERO / SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFEOCTOBER 3, 2010
Although Tenerife zoo LoroParque is still trying to clarifyone of its press releases after the tragic event that “the animal’s behavior didnot correspond with how these animals attack in the wild, but ratherwith how they displace”, the forensic medical report and theprosecution of the case, which is still open, speak of the “aggression”and the “attack” of the orca “Keto”, as the cause of death of trainerAlexis Martinez this past December 24
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. The autopsy conducted onthe body of the young man details various fractures, injuries, and eventhe bite marks of the animal, which was also ruled out “according topreliminary data” by the park, located in the municipality of Puerto dela Cruz, The forensic medical report stemming from the autopsy of the body of Alexis Martinez, which ABC had access to, attributes the characteristicof “violent” to the death of the young trainer, 29 years old, and thatthe injuries inflicted by the orca “Keto”, one of four operating at LoroParque, are the cause of death. According to the analysis, theimmediate cause of death was a “pulmonary edema”, while thefundamental cause of death was “mechanical asphyxiation due tocompression and crushing of the thoracic abdomen with injuries to thevital organs”. The examination not only reveals multiple fractures – “the entireanterior rib cage”, sternum, ribs – and injuries – “bruised lungs withrips in the pleura”, “liver with a wide tear” — but also the bite marks of the animal: “The rounded marks of the external exam are compatiblewith the teeth marks of an orca. The morphology may be partiallyreduced due to the wetsuit worn by personnel during the work day”,cautions the report. On December 26, two days after the incident, thezoo distributed a written statement in which they invoked the“preliminary data”, and stated that the body “did not present signs of violence, nor hitting or biting, being the lack of oxygen which appearsto be the cause of death, ruling out an attack.”However, the preliminary autopsy report, dated the same day as thedeath of the trainer, already confirmed that it was a “violent death”,and this was corroborated by the subsequent forensic analysis. Three

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