Florida marine theme park SeaWorld Orlando is appealing a federal ruling that prevents its trainers from getting into the water with killer whales during performances.
The SeaWorld hearing in Orlando will last longer than expected. An administrative law judge will eventually decide whether the theme park should be forced to pay $75,000 in fines for three citations it received after the death of a killer whale trainer.
It is the fourth day of testimony Thursday in the hearing involving SeaWorld Orlando and a federal job safety agency which wants the theme park to pay $75,000 in fines from three citations issued after the death of a killer whale trainer last year.
SeaWorld Orlando will continue to defend itself at a hearing Wednesday to determine if the park must pay $75,000 in fines a federal agency assessed it following the death of a killer whale trainer.
During the second day of hearings which will determine if SeaWorld Orlando should have to pay hefty fines levied by a federal job safety agency after the death of a killer whale trainer at its park.
A Government attorney said Monday that SeaWorld Orlando’s policy of relying on trainers to recognize when a killer whale poses a safety threat leaves gaps that can lead to injury or death, supporting safety citations issued to the theme park after a trainer’s death.
The family of a SeaWorld Orlando trainer who was killed by a killer whale at the park lost their request to block the release of video and photos of her death.
It’s been more than a year and half since a SeaWorld Orlando trainer was killed in an accident with a killer whale but the family of Dawn Brancheau is still fighting to keep images of her from being released.