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SeaWorld Plans For San Diego Park Do Not Include Shamu Shows

2009-Seaworld-ShamuSeaWorld announced that it will end killer whale shows at its San Diego park after visitors at the tourist attraction made it clear they prefer seeing killer whales act naturally rather than doing tricks according to a company spokesman. The news came days after SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. reported its third-quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations.

CEO Joel Manby told investors the park – where the iconic “Shamu” show featuring killer whales doing flips and other stunts debuted decades ago – will offer a different kind of orca experience focusing on the animal’s natural setting and behaviors, starting in 2017.

The Orlando, Florida-based company has seen revenue drop since the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish” that examined how orcas respond to captivity.

For now, the company’s two other U.S. aquatic theme parks, in Orlando, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas  will continue with killer whale shows.

SeaWorld Entertainment NYSE:SEAS was down slightly in today’s trading  closing at $17.91 down 1.27%. volume was higher than normal with 4.6 million shares trading hands. The company has a market cap of $1.61 billion in traits to a price-earnings ratio of 44.

About SeaWorld Entertainment NYSE:SEAS

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. operates as a theme park and entertainment company in the United States. The company operates marine-life theme park under the SeaWorld brand name in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego; Busch Gardens theme parks, which are family-oriented destinations with foreign geographic settings in Tampa and Williamsburg; Discovery Cove marine-life theme park in Langhorne; and Sesame Place, a seasonal park in Langhorne.

 

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