Tourism

SeaWorld to phase out killer whale show

AAP

SeaWorld plans to phase out the killer whale show at its San Diego park next year after coming under criticism for its treatment of the orcas.

Citing a SeaWorld document prepared in advance of a webcast to investors, the San Diego Union-Tribune says the phase-out is part of a comprehensive strategy to re-position the company.

A new orca experience in a more natural setting will take the place of the park’s long-running “Shamu” shows and debut in 2017, it said.

The report comes a month after the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to permit SeaWorld San Diego to expand its orca habitat on condition that the park also cease its captive-breeding program for the whales.

The commission’s decision was seen as a major blow to the park’s traditional centrepiece orca shows, named for the original Shamu of the 1960s and early 1970s.

SeaWorld Entertainment has faced heated criticism and declining admissions since release of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish, which presented a dim view of how the company treats its orcas.

The park’s plan to expand its orca pools drew opposition from animal rights groups and their supporters who wanted to see the park’s collection of 11 killer whales released to the wild instead.

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