The move to end these shows was decided following criticism from the public and regulatory pressure. SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the company is ever evolving and changing, and taking their guests’ concerns into account.
SeaWorld San Diego visitors “want experiences that are more natural,” Manby said. “The theatrical production of the show in that market is what they wanted to see less of.”
The California Coastal Commission refused to give the company permission to breed killer whales recently. SeaWorld plans on expanding in San Diego with a new “orca experience,” set to open in 2017.
SeaWorld in San Antonio and Orlando will continue having killer whale shows.
SEAS stock is down 1.27% Monday.
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