|Published:||Feb 24, 2011 2:31 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 23, 2011 11:31 PM EST|
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment officials say trainers will soon be back in the water with killer whales for the first time since a trainer's death last year.
SeaWorld told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that trainers at its three U.S. marine parks will begin limited water work with whales within the next few months. The interactions will be restricted initially to small medical pools equipped with false-bottom floors that can be lifted out of the water.
Trainers have not been allowed in the water with whales since last February, when trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by a six-ton orca named Tilikum.
The company says it also plans to spend tens of millions of dollars on safety upgrades at its Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio parks.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
- Pilot whales stranded in Everglades National Park
- Update: Cape Coral kid hit by car doing 'a lot better'
- Cops: Man shoots friend while watching football
- Gifts, volunteers needed for adopt-a-senior holiday program
- Pt. Charlotte street closed due to roadway collapse
- Sheriff: Fla. man kills wife, son with crossbow
- 2 Keys men get prison for wildlife trafficking
- Accused robber shoots self before arrest
- Former Cape mayoral candidate faces fraud charge
- Water main break blocks Hancock Bridge Pkwy near US 41