SeaWorld Finally Ends Controversial Killer Whale Show — But Is The 'Educational' Replacement 'Orca Encounters' Any Better?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
As we previously reported, SeaWorld faced immense backlash following the release of animal rights documentary Blackfish, an exposé which revealed the dangers of breeding and keeping whales in captivity. The park has since faced immense public pressure, dropping ticket sales, and a decreased fan base.
Now it looks like the company is trying to make good on their promise to improve the lives of their beloved orcas… or are they?
According to SeaWorld, a replacement program called "Orca Encounters" (set to debut this summer) will be a less flashy and "education-based" experience depicting the "natural behaviors" of killer whales.
The full program description reads: