SeaWorld San Diego was cited by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health division for not showing employees how to “safely interact with killer whales,” Cal/OSHA announced.
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued four citations with a fine of $25,770.
SeaWorld said the citations show a “fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales” and plans to appeal.
The citations were the result of an inspection spurred by a complaint.
Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has given up trying to appeal a federal ruling that keeps trainers from performing in the water with whales during shows. The citation says trainers still ride and swim with the orcas in a medical pool, however, and that employees are also present on the “slide outs” used by the whales.