So some exciting news that was released this Spring break was Sea World stopping it’s Orca breeding and their Orca shows! When I was younger we used to visit the San Antonio Sea World all the time. The Orca shows were my favorite to watch. I was so impressed by how they got these huge animals to do all these tricks. I was in love with whales after my first trip to Sea World, I remember my mom buying me a Barbie set with a Barbie trainer and a Shamu it was my favorite thing ever.
Two Summers ago we decided to take my cousin to go to Sea World to experience what we did when we were kids. I remember texting my friend when I sat down for an Orca show. She immediately started telling me how bad it was that I was supporting something so horrible. I did not understand why she was so angry with me and I was starting to get upset myself. In the texting conversation she asked me, “Have you ever watched the documentary, Blackfish?” I replied no, I have never seen or heard of it before. She then understood why I was so confused and then told me whenever I got back home to watch it.
The next day when I was home, I found the documentary on Netflix and decided to see what the whole fuss was about. Watching this documentary, it made me feel sick to my stomach. I even teared up, in my head I kept asking myself,”Why haven’t I seen this before?” I felt horrible for giving Sea World my money. I promised myself to never go back to Sea World, and haven’t went back since. I make my opinion very clear to my family when the idea of going to Sea World comes up. I feel now that my family is starting to back me on boycotting Sea World.
SO HOW MUCH HAS THE DOCUMENTARY HURT SEA WORLD?
SeaWorld reported a wider loss in its fourth quarter of $25.4 million as attendance to its theme parks continued to fall. SeaWorld has been battling negative publicity after a 2013 documentary, Blackfish,said treatment of animals led to the deaths of trainers.
Attendance to the company’s 11 parks between October and December fell 2.2 percent to 4.4 million from 4.5 million in the same period a year ago.
Jim Atchison, who had served as CEO and president since 2009, stepped down in January following the documentary
SO WHAT NOW?
Sea World claims now that the Whales that they have at their theme parks will be the last they will own. Instead of doing the traditional shows with the Orcas they will now show natural behaviors and continue to study the animals. Protesters look at this a small step to the overall goal, they are fighting for them to, “free the tanks”. Releasing all of the Orcas.
So what does this have to do with Texas? The San Diego Sea World will be the first to stop the Orca shows next year followed by the San Antonio location then the Orlando location in 2019.