Orca Trainer Mortality Statistics

Orca Trainer Mortality Statistics suggest a relatively low risk of fatalities when working with captive orcas, with few reported incidents over the years.

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"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has weighed in with recommendations on orca-trainer safety protocols since multiple high-profile incidents."

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"SeaWorld announced in 2016 it would end its orca breeding program and phase out theatrical orca shows by 2019."

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"A 2019 investigation revealed that no new orca-trainer deaths had been reported since the changes implemented post-2010."

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"Trainer-to-orca contact is now limited to protected barrier interactions for safety reasons."

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"OSHA fined SeaWorld $75,000 for safety violations after Dawn Brancheau’s death."

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"From 2000 to 2010, SeaWorld had an average of 2 orca-related trainer injuries per year."

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"The infamous orca, Tilikum, was involved in the deaths of three people."

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"Since 1991, there have been over 30 reported incidents of orca aggression towards trainers."

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"Between 1987 and 2010, there were at least ten documented fatal orca-trainer interactions globally."

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"Between 1991 and 2012, four orca trainers were killed during interactions with captive orcas."

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"Following the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010, SeaWorld halted water work between trainers and orcas."

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