I was under constant observation by the tank monitor and after the Orcas were consistently coming to me for interaction, by staff from the Orca show observing me from the far side of the tank, apparently wondering how I was so good with them without the use of food to coerce the interactions. Had I been doing *anything* wrong during these interactions, I would have been challenged by one or the other of these two, and even possibly ejected from the park. As this never happened, what I was doing was considered not dangerous or harmful to the Cetaceans or to me.
Strangely, whenever I attempted to walk over to them to ask them questions about the Orcas or the shows, they would quickly run off when they saw me approaching.
Now after over 3 decades of captivity, handling and conditioning with training and behavior modification, the latent effect that this type of interference in their natural state has shown its affect on them in their social, mental, and inter"personal" interactions. And, how having been subjugated has elicited obvious changes in them over this span of time.
This does not speak well towards Sea World's handling of these highly intelligent/sapient individuals, nor about what Sea World calls the "special training" of the orcas or their staff who "have been specially trained to work with Orcas" when I, as well as dozens of other (untrained) visitors to the park at that time, interacted with these then, untrained Orcas and were never injured. This really debunks/disproves what SW, OSHA and other's claim as to how "wild and dangerous" Orcas are.
Back then, I wanted to be a trainer myself. However after this unique and rare opportunity of open and unrestricted interaction, which likely will never happen again, I changed my mind about that and about keeping them in captivity.