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SeaWorld Whale Behavior: OSHA Attorneys Say Theme Park Has Incomplete Files

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ORLANDO - FEBRUARY 24: The sign at the entrance to SeaWorld February 24, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. A female trainer who presumably slipped and fell in to a holding tank was fatally injured after she was attacked by an orca. This is the third human death associated with the killer whale according to the Humane Society of the United States. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images) | Getty File

SANFORD, Fla. -- Government attorneys say SeaWorld Orlando has incomplete records about aggressive whale behavior.

An attorney for the federal job safety agency on Wednesday questioned SeaWorld's head of training on the third day of a weeklong hearing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is defending its decision to issue SeaWorld three citations and a $75,000 fine after a trainer's death.

SeaWorld records describe 100 incidents of aggressive behavior, but OSHA attorney John Black says they are incomplete. He noted that trainer Dawn Brancheau's February 2010 death was missing from the records. She was pulled underwater by a male orca, Tilikum, and drowned.

Tompkins says the death was not included in the log because a report was not complete.

A ruling against SeaWorld could force it to change how trainers interact with whales.

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