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 - Man Sticks Head In Killer Whale's Mouth Four...
Man Sticks Head In Killer Whale's Mouth Four Times A Day; He Gets $172 A Week MIAMI, Fla. $172 a week, (AP) - For bushy-bearded Manny Veiasco sticks his head „.. into the spike-toothed mouth oficontrol booth Lolita the killer limes a day. "It's a great feeling — (he! Four times a day in the concrete whaie bowl at Miami Sea- quarium, an announcer in a says: "Ladies whale four and gentlemen please remain perfectly still.' them. I belts down 170 pounds of fish day. Lolita about 130 pounds. ' ., T „ . Mike Jax, 2o is anothcr| ?nam fr-iin^r* tirTir* h ^ ,_• !•» -*^.« f first time." says Velasco, 24. "First you just stick your finger in. Then you play with their tongue — whales like that. Then one day you take a quick look, maybe," he says Velasco is 5 foot 6 and 140 pounds. Lolita is 18 feet and about 3.500 pounds with a tongue the size of a typewriter. Then the whale's head is out whale trainer who has been working with the animals forj of the water, Velasco is on thejabout two years. catwalk, one hand on eaoh massige jaw. His head drops into the mouth and remains there for about five seconds while tourists shoot pictures. Could he hold open the monster's mouth by brute strength? Not a chance, says Velasco. "If she wanted to close her mouth, Jax says the trainers prefer to work with Lolita because "females seem a lot more passive. She's really gentle, and she doesn't have the temper that the males seem to have." Hugo has never made a serious attempt to injure a trainer, Jax says, "but he gets moody, just j Good Morning i nal my head is out ard sne can dom § things like butting them ^ •>:£ rOnc-/* Vir\*> »v^^\tifK 1 f ..-.£<• I* 1*1- •**^ ~^ :r fi »__.;j. _ » _ Section Amusements . A Classified Ads .... B Editorials A Local News — B Sports A Television A Women's News B she could close it. When I re-ilikc people do. He's hurt a iease my hands, that's the sig- couple of people accidentally by close her mouth. 1 Velasco speaks of Lolita her mate, Hugo, with respect. ^'They call them killer whales (because they kill for food. 1.2 [They'll go up on the ice after a 6,7 ipolar bear. But they only kill 8 for food." 3 Caretakers make sure the! Sec WHALE, Page 2-A with his nose if they irritate "He's not trying to hurt them, just let them know he doesn't want to be bothered. But even a tap from a 20-foot, 5,000-pound male can make

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  1. The Danville Register,
  2. 05 Sep 1972, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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