Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A new orca program with a "more natural
setting" is coming in 2017.
</embed> SeaWorld plans to phase out its theatrical
killer whale program at its San Diego theme park next year, the company's
CEO, Joel Manby, announced in a presentation to investors and analysts on
As its killer whale program has come under fire in recent years, SeaWorld
plans to debut a new orca program in 2017 that will feature an "informative
and more natural setting" and promote a "conservation message inspiring
people to act," according to documents shown during the presentation.
Visitors "want experiences that are more natural and look more natural,"
Manby said during a question-and-answer portion of the presentation.
actually think it's a good thing because our guests will resonate with it
The theatrical production of the show in that market is what they wanted
to see less of." Manby said that approximately 22 million people have
attended the company's parks in the past year.
Yet attendance at SeaWorld
has declined, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, since the 2013 release of
the documentary Blackfish, which raised questions about the risks of keeping
killer whales in captivity. SeaWorld has criticized the film's depiction of
its orca program and called the movie inaccurate.
This story originally appeared on Time

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