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SeaWorld Finally Ends Controversial Killer Whale Show — But Is The 'Educational' Replacement 'Orca Encounters' Any Better?

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Two days after the tragic death of SeaWorld's famed whale Tilikum on Friday, the theme park put on its FINAL Shamu show.

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.

Video: SeaWorld Orca Purposely Beaches Herself After Park Show!

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:

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Beloved SeaWorld Orca & Blackfish Documentary Subject Tilikum Passes Away At 36 — Read The Sad, Furious Fan Responses

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What a sad day for those who adored Tilikum.

On Friday morning, SeaWorld made the unfortunate announcement that the beloved and infamous orca had passed away at age 36 from a "complicated bacterical infection" in his lungs.

Fans first learned the sea creature was ill in spring of 2016.

Related: Ex SeaWorld Trainer Says SeaWorld Cares Little About Their Whales

As we previously reported, Tilikum was at the center of the anti-SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, which exposed the cruelties of capturing and raising killer whales in captivity. The unfortunate orca was the perfect subject as he was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and had lived in marine parks ever since.

The moving doc also honed in on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the park who died after Tilikum pulled her under the water and fatally drowned her during a live performance. The tragedy spurred SeaWorld to ban trainers from performing with orcas as well as a national conversation on poaching whales from the wild for entertainment purposes.

In the statement announcing Tilikum's death, SeaWorld also mentioned Dawn, writing:

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SeaWorld's Famous Killer Whale Tilikum — Subject Of The Documentary Blackfish — Is Dying!

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This breaks our heart!

SeaWorld has announced one of the park's most popular killer whales is close to death.

On Tuesday, representatives from the marine park say Tilikum — the whale who was the subject of CNN's documentary Blackfish — has a bad bacterial infection.

Related: Endangered Baby Dolphin Killed After Tourists Passed It Around For Selfies

Over the past few weeks, the Orca has become "resistant to treatment" for a possible infection in his lungs, and has exhibited increasingly "lethargic" behavior.

The park issued the following statement about Tilikum's health:

"We are saddened to report that over the past few weeks, Tilikum's behavior has become increasingly lethargic, and the SeaWorld veterinary and animal care teams are concerned that his health is beginning to deteriorate. The suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found."

The roughly 35-year-old animal has lived at SeaWorld for 23 years, captured from his wild family when he was just two years old.

Related: SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows!

During his captivity, the whale has been involved in at least three human deaths — including the 2010 death of park trainer Dawn Brancheau, who one day was pulled into the water by Tilikum and aggressively played with until she died.

After Dawn's death, Tilikum was isolated from the rest of the whales, but kept at the center of SeaWorld's artificial insemination program — he's fathered 21 of the park's calves, only half of which are still alive today.

Though it sounds like the orca won't make it, some have not given up hope.

Check out the video (below) to hear SeaWorld's medical experts discuss Tilikum's treatment:

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Barbie Is So Over SeaWorld — Mattel Pulls Animal Trainer Dolls From Shelves!

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Barbie is an independent woman who doesn't need no man! And it looks like the doesn't need SeaWorld any longer either!

That's because the Mattel mainstay has officially quit her job as a whale trainer at the controversial aquarium chain.

The toy giant announced on Wednesday that they would no longer be making Barbie's SeaWorld Wildlife Rescuer Doll following all of the public backlash Shamu's captive's have been facing ever since Blackfish came out.

Following the decision, SeaWorld released as statement, saying:

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