OSHA: SeaWorld has incomplete whale behavior files

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 12:44 PM
OSHA: SeaWorld has incomplete whale behavior files

Government attorneys say SeaWorld Orlando has incomplete records about aggressive whale behavior.

An attorney for the federal job safety agency on Wednesday questioned SeaWorld's head of training on the third day of a weeklong hearing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is defending its decision to issue SeaWorld three citations and a $75,000 fine after a trainer's death.

SeaWorld records describe 100 incidents of aggressive behavior, but OSHA attorney John Black says they are incomplete. He noted that trainer Dawn Brancheau's February 2010 death was missing from the records. She was pulled underwater by a male orca, Tilikum, and drowned.

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Tompkins says the death was not included in the log because a report was not complete.

A ruling against SeaWorld could force it to change how trainers interact with whales.