SeaWorld San Diego Cited Over Orca Worker Safety

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld San Diego has been cited for allegedly failing to train workers to safely interact with its killer whales.

U-T San Diego reports that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued four citations this week that carry nearly $26,000 in fines.The citations say the park hasn't kept employees aware of hazards involving the orcas. They say employees ride and swim with killer whales in the park's medical pool - although keepers aren't allowed in the Shamu Stadium pool during orca shows.

SeaWorld plans to appeal. It says the citations show a "fundamental misunderstanding" of what's needed to safely care for orcas.

SeaWorld has battled negative publicity since the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" suggested the treatment of captive orcas provokes violent behavior.
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