Attendance and revenue at the controversial wildlife attraction both declined substantially in its most recent quarter.
The changes follow massive public and political scrutiny of how the company treats its signature killer whales.
The marine park operator’s shares have fallen 27% in early morning trading amid lower than expected revenue and flat attendance. The company has been fighting a prolonged, public, and losing battle stemming from the documentary Blackfish.
While its first-quarter attendance dropped 13% and revenue fell 11% year-over-year, the company is laying the groundwork for parks in the Middle East. They would be the marine entertainment giant’s first attraction outside of the United States.
A good documentary will make you laugh, cry, and probably learn more than you ever did in school. How many docs have you been touched by?
He told analysts today that the documentary Blackfish has actually drummed up interest in marine mammal parks, making it good for business.
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D–Santa Monica) will propose a bill inspired by the documentary exposé Blackfish. If the bill is enacted, the San Diego park’s killer whales “shall be rehabilitated and returned to the wild where possible.”
The 15-year-old daughter of ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has caused an online storm, announcing a planned partnership with SeaWorld.
This week alone, the controversy’s ripple effect led to arrests and shook up a couple of publications. (UPDATE)
This time it’s Nancy Wilson’s band Heart that canceled.
A good documentary will expand your mind and make you feel a variety of emotions — and very often, that means a lot of tears. WARNING: While the most graphic images have been blurred out, some of the following images are very upsetting.
When Macy’s announced SeaWorld’s float for its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Sept. 24, it didn’t realize how big Blackfish would be.
PETA and other animal-rights activists are outraged that a float celebrating SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary is scheduled to appear in the Thanksgiving parade.
A decision on SeaWorld v. OSHA is expected in the next few months, though its outcome doesn’t seem likely to save a lone captive orca at Miami’s Seaquarium.
The documentary film, in theaters next week, details the dark side of keeping killer whales in captivity. That dark side also includes the mistreatment of humans.