Almost two and a half years since a local killer whale trainer was killed, SeaWorld trainers will be getting back in the water.
A select group of SeaWorld trainers is preparing to reenter the water with killer whales, but only for purposes of giving medical attention or working with the whales in the park's husbandry programs.
The trainers were removed from all water activity with the whales after the February 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.
Brancheau was pulled into the tank at the conclusion of the Dine With Shamu show by the park's largest and most-dangerous male orca, Tilikum.
Last week, a video surfaced of a San Diego SeaWorld trainer being pulled into the water in 2006 by a whale at that park. The video was also a key reason why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered SeaWorld to make major changes or keep people out of the water.
A judge in May upheld those restrictions but with one difference; those major changes only apply during performances.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday morning that the park is taking full advantage of that ruling and is preparing to have trainers work with the Orcas in the water but not during live performances.