MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Seaquarium announced Monday that trainers will no longer be in the water during show performances with the killer whale.READ MORE: Bobrovsky Makes 29 Saves As Panthers Beat Bruins, Stay Undefeated
As part of an investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, issued a citation to the Seaquarium requiring it to remove employees from the water during show performances. They say it was not based on any safety incidents but rather out of concern.
The Seaquarium released a statement which reads, in part:READ MORE: Adebayo Scores 24 As Heat Pull Away To Beat Nets 106-93
“Safety is our #1 priority at Miami Seaquarium, and we work passionately to maintain a remarkable safety record. Lolita has been a member of the Miami Seaquarium family for nearly 45 years. In that time, our trainers have forged a special bond with Lolita. Recently, due to OSHA’s overall concern for employee safety, they issued a citation that requires that we remove employees from the water during show performances. As a result of OSHA’s concerns (and not based on any safety incidents with Lolita), Miami Seaquarium has agreed to remove trainers from the water during show performances with Lolita.”
In recent weeks and month, animal activists have increased pressure on the Seaquarium to have Lolita freed but the killer whale will remain at the park, the Seaquarium said.MORE NEWS: Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations Dip Below 2,300
“Lolita will continue to receive the same care, stimulation and attention that she has for nearly 45 years. She will continue to be an ambassador for her species from her home at Miami Seaquarium.”