On the theory that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, SeaWorld’s Parks might have a slightly different opinion these days.
Always weathering the storm of animal rights campaigners, SeaWorld has performed well in the public eye, considering the challenges it faces.
Recently, though, things have been getting tougher than they’d like at SeaWorld, thanks mainly to one particular killer whale: Tilikum.
The huge Orca seems to have a mind of its own, and the result has been tragic on more than one occasion.
Right now, the Blackfish thing appears to be blowing over to some degree as the public perhaps learn from the documentary, what they always probably knew.
Yesterday Monday 12th August 2013, a Federal judge agreed that SeaWorld was indeed complying in good faith with the strict new safety regulations that have turned their Shamu show inside out since their ‘Believe’ show reopened as the much tamer ‘One Ocean’.
Humans and Animals are no longer allowed to interact and gone are the days of trainers riding along on the nose of an Orca at high speed!
The judgement allows SeaWorld to operate ‘as is’ which is something for a theme park that has long feared the potential closure of its signature exhibit.
Visitor reactions will be important and the theme park industry will be closely watching the annual gate attendance figures for 2013 when they are announced in July of 2014.
- Trouble in the Sea World? – Possibly, In the name of Blackfish! (seaworldorlandoblog.wordpress.com)
- Did being held captive make this whale kill three people? (express.co.uk)
- $50 SeaWorld Tickets (bestorlandoattractiontickets.wordpress.com)