The LA Times looks at a recent report released by the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health that states a trainer’s death by one of the killer whales is only a matter of time. SeaWorld, of course, disagrees and rests on their 40 year history of working with Killer Whales to prove that their methods are safe.
The report is the result of an investigation into an incident last November in which Kasatka, a 7,000-pound, 17-foot-long female, dragged her trainer underwater and nearly drowned him. SeaWorld claims that their safety preparations worked as evidenced by the survival of the trainer.
I don’t know. I tend to side with OSHA on this one. Those Killer Whales are large and those teeth are sharp. If they were land mammals the trainer would never get on the same side of the bars with it. What do you think?
The other news is that SeaWorld Orlando is counting down to a big announcement where they reveal some major details of their Waterpark. It’s been under construction for about a year and is located right across the street from the popular Central Florida attraction. Whatever the announcement is they’ll be webcasting it live on March 5th at 2pm EST.