VIDEO: Terrified families watch theme park whale struggle
When Carlo and Ashley De Leonibus took their daughter Catiana to SeaWorld Orlando for her birthday, a lightning storm interrupted the whale show, leaving one of the performers stranded.
The storm forced the trainers and staff to leave the pool area, leaving a young pilot whale, a member of the dolphin family, stranded at the edge of the pool.
When the audience noticed the floundering whale, they began to panic and scream for help. More than 20 minutes passed before trainers and staff members returned to push the whale back into the water.
SeaWorld Orlando claims the whale was in no harm, although the video clearly shows it is struggling.