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    SeaWorld Trainers get back in the water, SeaWorld to install rising floors

    SeaWorld announced a whole bunch of changes to how Trainers interact with Orca's along with new technology that will be installed in the tanks where it will allow the floor to rapidly rise so that in the event of another attack they can rescue the person immediately.

    I applaud SeaWorld for all they have been doing to make the Whales and their trainers safer.

    I suggest reading the entire article.

    Even as it moves forward with water work, SeaWorld said it is in the midst of making sweeping safety improvements at its orca complexes. The most ambitious project: Rising pool floors that can lift killer whales out of the water in perhaps less than a minute's time.

    SeaWorld said it has designed the new floors in conjunction with Oceaneering International Inc., a Houston-based deep-sea engineering company that works primarily with offshore oil- and gas-drilling companies. The floors are designed to rise much faster than the cabled lift stations in SeaWorld's medical pools, which take approximately 60 seconds to rise from 8-foot-deep water.

    "Upon initiation, it would immediately release and rise to the surface, lifting multiple killer whales, and then obviously could support multiple individuals," said John Linn, SeaWorld Parks' senior director of engineering services.

    Linn said the first floor will be installed by June in the 28-foot-deep "Dine with Shamu" pool in Orlando the same pool that Brancheau was in when she was killed. Once SeaWorld has tested the mechanism and ironed out any kinks, it intends to install similar floors in all of the company's orca pools, including the largest performance pools, which are nearly 40 foot deep.

    Although SeaWorld would not discuss specific costs, it said it expects to spend "tens of millions" of dollars installing the floors putting the project's price tag at least on par with, and potentially more expensive than, a major new theme-park ride.
    SeaWorld killer whales: SeaWorld prepares to put trainers back in the water with its killer whales - OrlandoSentinel.com
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    Re: SeaWorld Trainers get back in the water, SeaWorld to install rising floors

    Just as long as they don't get in the water with Tilly. He's just too freaking BIG.

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    Re: SeaWorld Trainers get back in the water, SeaWorld to install rising floors

    Yeah SW said that no one will ever get back in the water with Tilly. Sadly 3 people dead is a tough lesson to learn. RIP Dawn.
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    Re: SeaWorld Trainers get back in the water, SeaWorld to install rising floors

    Are they doing this with san diego too? Last month I was at Sea World in San Diego and where dine with shamu area they had tractors that build into the ground making a big wide open space.

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