In another interesting twist in the ongoing SeaWorld saga, the theme park announced that it’s dropping the plan to expand the orca habitat expansion (the Blue World project) and its pending litigation against the California Coastal Commission.
As a result of the decision to discontinue orca breeding practices and theatrical orca shows, the park has decided to instead focus on “enhancing their [the orcas] existing habitats rather than expanding them.” In its statement,SeaWorld said: “The whales will live out their lives at SeaWorld, where they will continue to receive the highest-quality care based on the latest advances in marine veterinary medicine, science and zoological best practices. Guests will be able to observe these orcas through the new educational encounters and in viewing areas within the existing habitats.”
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