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Captive Orca Nakai Dies at SeaWorld San Diego

credit: SeaWorld San Diego An orca has died while in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego....
A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

For Immediate Release, July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

July 2022 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that Snow Cone was spotted on...

SeaWorld fined for second time over safety issues

The US government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined SeaWorld for a second time for failing to meet strict safety standards. This latest financial penalty relates to worker safety violations and the continuing close and dangerous contact with orcas by trainers during performances.

SeaWorld continues to fight an initial fine from OSHA which followed the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010.

In both cases OSHA has demanded that SeaWorld provide physical barriers (or equivalent) or greater protection for trainers working with orcas (also known as killer whales), or prohibit the trainers from working in close proximity to them altogether. As a result, the trainers are no longer swimming in the water with the whales, but SeaWorld seems to have ignored every other safety request by OSHA since the legal action began nearly three years ago.

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