The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited and fined the Miami Seaquarium, which holds one captive orca in the smallest orca tank in the U.S., for endangering its orca trainers. The park, which previously allowed trainers to ride the whale, named Lolita, exposed its trainers to various lethal hazards, according to the citation.
OSHA has ordered the Seaquarium to prevent its trainers from engaging in "wet work and dry work performances" in the pool and pay a fine of $7,000 -- a small sum, it seems, considering that trainers' lives were in danger, according to the citation. In a letter, a representative for OSHA said that trainers were vulnerable to a "struck-by and/or drowning hazard." A section of the citation can be seen below: