SeaWorld Orlando (SeaWorld) has said it’ll start the New Year by changing its flagship killer whale show. SeaWorld will replace its One Ocean show with Orca Encounter. The new show is about the behaviour of killer whales and the importance of conservation.
“SeaWorld is excited about our new killer whale educational presentation, Orca Encounter. Guests will learn about killer whales’ role in the ocean ecosystem, behaviours the animal’s exhibit, the importance of conservation to their habitat and animal welfare practices at SeaWorld. This educational presentation reflects our company’s mission to inspire people and protect the animals and wild wonders of our world through education, research, animal rescue and conservation.”Dr. Chris Bold, SeaWorld Chief Zoological Officer
One Ocean revolved around a conservation theme. It was SeaWorld’s first show that did not have trainers in the water with the killer whales. This significant change came following the 2010 death of trainer DAWN Brancheau, who was “battered and drowned” by a killer whale.
In 2013, the documentary Blackfish was critical of SeaWorld policies. Animal rights group PETA pushed for the organisation to relocate its animals to coastal sanctuaries. SeaWorld has around 20 killer whales left at its parks. 5 in Orlando, 5 in San Antonio and 10 in San Diego.
SeaWorld revealed in 2016 that it had stopped its killer whale breeding program. Stay tuned to Orlando Theme Park Zone as we’ll writing an opinion piece on this particular subject.