SeaWorld Orlando to replace killer whale show


In a March 7, 2011 photo, trainers Joe Sanchez, left, Brian Faulkner and Kelly Aldrich, right, work with killer whales Trua, front, Kayla, center, and Nalani during the Believe show in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld’s three theme parks are slowly working to get trainers back in the water with killer whales, one year after a 6-ton orca named Tilikum suddenly dragged a trainer off a platform by her hair and drowned her. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – SeaWorld Orlando says it’ll begin 2020 by changing its centerpiece killer-whale show. The theme park will replace its “One Ocean” show with “Orca Encounter.”

The new show is about killer whales’ behavior and the importance of conservation. “One Ocean” revolved around a conservation theme. It was SeaWorld’s first show that did not include trainers in the water with the killer whales.

The changes came after the 2010 death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was battered and drowned by a killer whale. In 2013, the documentary “Blackfish” was critical of SeaWorld policies. Animal rights group PETA has pushed for the company to relocate its animals to coastal sanctuaries.

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