SeaWorld Trainers Won't Swim With Orcas

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A trainer shows the crowd a killer whale during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL)

SeaWorld trainers will no longer be swimming with Shamu. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, SeaWorld said it would not appeal a citation it received after a trainer Dawn Brancheau was pulled under by a killer whale in 2010. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission found SeaWorld in violation of federal workplace safety law and effectively banned trainers from swimming with the whales. Now, trainers will only be able to swim with killer whales behind the scenes to acclimate them to humans, but not in front of crowds. SeaWorld’s reputation has suffered since Brancheau’s death and the documentary, Blackfish, came out in 2013. Its shares are also trading at its lowest price since it went public.