The calf, which weighs up to 350 pounds, was born at 12:34 p.m. Tuesday, at Shamu Stadium, SeaWorld announced. After a 17-month pregnancy, the mother, Kalia, gave birth after 2 hours and 15 minutes of labor.
Attendance and revenue at the controversial wildlife attraction both declined substantially in its most recent quarter.
“I’m putting my foot down for Shamu!”
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.
“Nothing gets me more excited than an over-masturbated whale swimming around in a tiny bathtub. “
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 U.S. appeals court upheld the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s decision to prevent trainers from directly working with orcas at SeaWorld.
A measure to ban orca captivity and end shows featuring killer whales at San Diego’s SeaWorld theme park stalled in the California state assembly on Tuesday.
He told analysts today that the documentary Blackfish has actually drummed up interest in marine mammal parks, making it good for business.
The 15-year-old daughter of ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has caused an online storm, announcing a planned partnership with SeaWorld.
Reports that two wild-caught orcas would be on display during the 2014 Winter Olympics had sparked outrage.
Recent events have reignited controversies surrounding captive orcas.
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.
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 whale was stuck for about 10 minutes before employees responded to the crowd’s angry shouts.
SeaWorld became a publicly traded company Friday and entered the market with a splash, bringing a horde of penguins to the floor at the NYSE. (Via Sapna)
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