Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
SeaWorld is contesting two citations issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration following the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.
She was killed in February 2010 when a six-ton killer whale named Tilikum pulled her into a pool.
An administrative judge last year upheld the citations but downgraded them from willful to serious. The citations limit the amount of interaction trainers can have with whales during performances.
SeaWorld is arguing that the job safety agency overreached with its citations.
Captive orcas have killed four people, including three trainers.
One of the attorneys representing the marine park before the appellate court is the son of