MIAMI (AP) _ The Miami Seaquarium has announced that trainers will no longer perform in the water with Lolita the killer while.
Seaquarium officials said in a statement Monday that the decision was based on concerns expressed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, not any safety incidents with Lolita.
OSHA fined the park $7,000 last summer for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections. The agency has required physical barriers between trainers and killer whales, or that trainers maintain a safe distance from the orcas, since an administrative judge ruled in a SeaWorld case, which involved the 2010 death of a trainer.
The Miami Seaquarium says Lolita will continue to receive the same care, stimulation and attention that she has for nearly 45 years.