Orkid has been keeping trainers on their toes for the duration of her 25 years at SeaWorld. In 2002, Orkid and another whale, Splash attacked a trainer named Tamarie. The incident, as described by John Hargrove in "Blackfish," left the trainer with a compound fracture of the forearm. "The Tamarie incident would have most likely proven fatal if the chain had not been taken off of Kasatka's gate," Hargrove said. "Both Splash and Orkid were refusing all attempts to be ‘called back.'" Splash and Orkid finally paused when they appeared to worry that Kasatka, the dominant orca, might enter the tank. That gave Tamarie just enough time to exit. (Local media reported that neither whale had a history of aggressive behavior, yet in a previously published Dodo interview, Hargrove reported that Splash often displayed "full-on aggression.") In 2006, Orkid attacked another trainer attempting to perform a sonogram. SeaWorld spokesperson Darla Davis told Fox News that the 35-year-old female trainer was "knocked off a ‘low-wall,'" and "taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries," from a "bump." Hargrove, who says he read about it in a corporate incident report while still a trainer, described the incident much differently. Orkid was exhibiting strange behavior he said, which prompted the trainer to order the SeaWorld veterinarian "to step behind the wall immediately for his own safety." Orkid "shot up in front of the trainer," Hargrove said, and as a diversionary tactic, the trainer signaled to the whale to perform another maneuver. But Orkid refused, and came up out of the pool instead. "She drilled her [the trainer] in the chest with her rostrum, knocking her over the elevated wall," Hargrove explained. The trainer, "landed on her face and it knocked her out. She was taken to the hospital and it became a corporate incident report." On two other separate occasions, Hargrove told The Dodo, Orkid has dragged trainers to the bottom of the pool (these are confirmed in the documents allegedly leaked from SeaWorld). And once, on a stage slide maneuver, the whale hit another trainer, causing her to suffer internal bleeding that resulted in a two-day hospitalization. Orkid's 25-year-old history at SeaWorld is filled with tragedy. The independent whale data site Ceta-Base.com records Orkid's birth as 1988 in San Diego. She is a hybrid whale, the product of female Kandu V, an Icelandic orca, and Orky II, a Northern Resident. These are two distinctly and different types of whales, with differing social structures and languages. Orca expert Ingrid Visser cites a study suggesting that in the wild, even when similar whale species interact, they haven't interbred in about 10,000 years. Visser says, "these different groups aren't interbreeding so it is unlikely that the ones that SeaWorld has forced together, would in the wild either."