ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — SeaWorld is removing the emergency lifting floors at the bottom of orca pools that were installed after the death of trainer, saying they are no longer needed.READ MORE: 3 Children Injured In NW Miami-Dade Crash
SeaWorld officials said Wednesday that the floors will be removed at its parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.
The deep-water lifting floors were installed after trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by an orca in 2010. They were designed to lift trainers and orcas out of deep water in an emergency.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Residents Gather To Protest Closure Of Matheson Hammock Park's West Entrance
SeaWorld officials say training and medical care are now being conducted in shallower water, so the lifting floors are no longer needed.
SeaWorld has been in the crosshairs of animal rights activists since the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” The movie chronicled the whale that caused Brancheau’s death.MORE NEWS: RNC Donors Gather To Hear Trump, Others In Palm Beach, The GOP's 'New Political Power Center'
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