The park said it will appeal the citations. In a written statement, SeaWorld said that the recent citations issued by Cal/OSHA "were not precipitated by any workplace incident, accident or injury, and they reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales in a zoological setting."
It seems SeaWorld insists on keeping this position, and keeping orcas captive, even after ex-trainers have come forward to blow the whistle on these claims and the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" showed the public what orca captivity really looks like - including an account of how a top orca trainer, Keltie Byrne, was killed by Tilikum the orca in 1991. The park has focused rather on vamping up its image with a new marketing campaign, which backfired spectacularly.
These citations add to SeaWorld's growing list of problems. Not only is the park a danger to its human employees, recent research shows that the captive life isn't good for orcas either. And four lawsuits filed against the mega-park in the last two months include claims that SeaWorld lied about orca well-being to the public. Not to mention Barbie's resignation.
And now, even the state of California is pissed. It's hard to imagine there's anyone who likes SeaWorld at all.