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SeaWorld’s revenue drops again as public turns away from captivity

Following recent news of the death of a captive beluga in a tank at SeaWorld Orlando, and the announcement that visitors would no longer be allowed to feed dolphins by hand unsupervised, SeaWorld’s troubles continue after the company’s latest financial figures were released today. The final quarter figures reveal a drop of $7.4 million, or…

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US football team cuts ties with SeaWorld

US football team, the Miami Dolphins have announced they are severing ties with SeaWorld after a two-year marketing partnership that included ticket offers to the marine theme park. The Dolphins are the latest in a line of other big-name companies to  cut ties with SeaWorld including Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, Panama Jack, STA Travel, Taco Bell…

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SeaWorld to make pools bigger after share price drops

Following growing public criticism of its captive orca shows, SeaWorld has announced that it is to build new, larger pools its theme parks. The announcement also comes after the company’s shares traded near to their lowest point since SeaWorld was listed on the stock market last year. The release of the 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish’ caused…

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SeaWorld’s stock sinks – is the writing on the (tank) wall?

By any definition, yesterday was a disastrous day for SeaWorld as their shares lost a THIRD of their value in a single day after the company announced its second quarter results. In what has become known as the Blackfish Effect, the company acknowledged that recent media debate about its treatment of captive orcas has hurt…

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More bad news for Sea World as poor financial results are revealed

Following the recent 13 percent fall in visitor numbers, Sea World’s first quarter earnings for 2014 have now been released and show an 11 percent decrease on last year’s first quarter to $212.3 million. The latest fall comes on the back of the recent negative, global public reaction to the captivity industry which followed the…

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A personal reflection on time with orcas

As the Icelandic orca watching winter season comes to a close for another year, our guest blogger and WDC friend, Sam Lipman, reflects on her time with this population and others she has been fortunate to encounter around the world. I have spent time with just three of the 40+ known populations of orca that…

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