New Killer Whale Show to Open at SeaWorld

Posted Feb 3rd 2011 11:50 AMUpdated Feb 8th 2011 10:51 AM



Look for 10 new attractions at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to debut this spring, including a new killer whale show called "One Ocean" at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld San Antonio.

"One Ocean" will replace the "Believe" show, which ran for five years in all three SeaWorld parks. The new show has an educational, environmental theme, with a focus on teaching the public about orcas.

"These types of attractions can connect people to animals, nature and the environment, and can provide the inspiration to want to care about the world," Julie Scardina, SeaWorld's top animal trainer, tells the Associated Press.

Later this month, SeaWorld will also re-launch the "Dine with Shamu" killer whale show at SeaWorld San Antonio. The Orlando and San Diego parks will follow in the spring.

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The show has been suspended since last year when trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by a six-ton orca named Tilikum shortly after the performance.

SeaWorld designed the new show for trainers to work exclusively from the stage, instead of in the water with the killer whales.

"We are now staying out of the water. We don't know when or how that's going to change. So we said, 'Let's design this one to facilitate that and go in that direction,' "said Julie Scardina, SeaWorld Parks' curator of animal training, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, a global consulting agency, tells AP the new attractions "will take the edge" off the trainer death incident, but he added that he didn't think the death had much of an impact on SeaWorld attendance overall.

Some of the other attractions announced by the company include a cheetah-themed coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and a close-up viewing area of real cheetahs, including a chance to see them run in a daily workout session and a swim-through artificial reef at Discovery Cove in Orlando where visitors can snorkel with marine life.

Artist rendering, AP/SeaWorld
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What do you call a killer whale trainer? CHUM! lol

February 05 2011 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I believe it is sick and cruel to entrap and more or less cage any animal for our entertainment and enjoyment. These are wild animals that should be in the ocean roaming hundreds of miles in family pods. We in our arrogance and selfishness we trap and train them to do tricks for us. At what expense to their lives? Many of these animals develop neurotic behaviors from stress and have killed their keepers. Many develop neurotic behaviors and compulsive acts. They are beautiful and look like they enjoy what they are doing, However, think about it, how would you like to be kept in a very small confined area? See only certain people you entire life, then be made to run around and do tricks for a crowd before having to return to your cage. Just to repeat it day in and day out. Seaworld and the entire concept is Wrong with a capital W. They are merely using these poor animals and greed to make money. Leave the animals alone and if you have to see them go to their natural environment. If you can't afford it, then be satisfied with National Geographic programs and other nature programs that show them. I say any animal kept in confinement for our enjoyment is absolutely selfish and wrong.

February 05 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was very disappointed. Believe was kind of boring. We love the old shows. they were so exciting. Why aren' the whales jumping up to hit the poles?

February 04 2011 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply