Thursday, July 27, 2017

SeaWorld

In this image provided by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment orca Takara helps guide her newborn to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in San Antonio. (Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP)

BY JENNIFER KAY MIAMI (AP) — The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ...
In this Nov. 26, 2006, file photo, SeaWorld Adventure Park trainer Ken Peters, left, looks to a killer whale during a performance at Shamu Stadium inside the theme park in San Diego. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld San Diego is ending its long-running killer whale show after years of outcry and falling attendance prompted it to renounce theatrical orca displays. The show that featured killer whales cavorting with trainers and leaping high ...
In this March 7, 2011 file photo orca whale Tilikum, right, watches as SeaWorld Orlando trainers take a break during a training session at the theme park's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

BY MIKE SCHNEIDER and JENNIFER KAY ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tilikum the orca has died after more than two decades at SeaWorld Orlando, where he gained notoriety for killing a trainer in 2010 and was later profiled in a documentary ...
In this April 10, 2014, file photo, SeaWorld trainer Ryan Faulkner, left, with killer whale Melia, and Michelle Shoemaker, right, with Kayla work on a routine for a show at the Orlando, Fla., theme park. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

BY MIKE SCHNEIDER ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Months after SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment ended its orca-breeding program amid pressure from animal rights activists, company officials announced Tuesday that they will help develop in Abu Dhabi the first new SeaWorld park ...
In this Monday, March 7, 2011, file photo, killer whale Tilikum, right, watches as SeaWorld Orlando trainers take a break during a training session at the theme park's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

NEW YORK (AP) — Troubled theme park operator SeaWorld says it will soon stop paying its shareholders a quarterly dividend. SeaWorld, known for its water shows featuring killer whales and dolphins, has been dealing with falling attendance and revenue as ...
In this undated photo provided by SeaWorld, San Diego, whale trainer Kristi Burtis holds a milk sample from Kalia, an orca whale.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld’s first-quarter loss widened as expenses climbed, but the theme park operator’s adjusted results and revenue beat Wall Street’s view. President and CEO Joel Manby said in a written statement that the company’s recently announced decision ...
In this undated photo provided by SeaWorld, San Diego, shows whale trainer Kristi Burtis as she obtains a milk sample from Kalia, an orca whale.

BY JENNIFER KAY and MIKE SCHNEIDER ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There’s one last orca birth to come at SeaWorld, and it will probably be the last chance for research biologist Dawn Noren to study up close how female killer whales ...
In this May 6, 2002, file photo, shows Takara, swimming with her new calf at SeaWorld in San Diego.

BY JENNIFER KAY and MIKE SCHNEIDER ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld built its brand on a leaping and splashing killer whale named Shamu. She was part of its logo, gave her name to stadiums in the theme parks and was ...
In this Monday, March 7, 2011, file photo, killer whale Tilikum, right, watches as SeaWorld Orlando trainers take a break during a training session at the theme park's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

BY FREIDA FRISARO MIAMI (AP) — SeaWorld announced Thursday it will immediately stop breeding killer whales, essentially phasing out the iconic orcas from its theme parks following years of controversy over keeping them in captivity. Park attendance at SeaWorld dropped ...
In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, four killer whales leap out of the water while performing during SeaWorld's Shamu show in San Diego

February 2010 — SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was interacting with a killer whale called Tilikum before a live audience at SeaWorld Orlando when it pulled her from a platform by her arm and held her under the water. While an ...
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