SeaWorld San Diego Cited for Safety Violations Involving Killer Whales; Park Vows to Appeal

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Orca shows at Shamu Stadium have long been the top attraction at SeaWorld San Diego. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

State safety inspectors have issued four citations to SeaWorld San Diego for allegedly failing to train employees how to “safely interact with killer whales.”

The four citations issued this week by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the Department of Industrial Relations carry a total fine of $25,770.

SeaWorld said the citations show a “fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales.” SeaWorld plans to appeal, a spokesman said.

The citations come after an inspection of SeaWorld San Diego by Cal/OSHA following a complaint.

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