By Dr. Brian W. Ogle , assistant professor of anthrozoology with specialties in zoos and aquariums at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. The new show does a fantastic job of entertaining guests while educating them about the care of the animals at SeaWorld. This is the show SeaWorld Orlando long has needed. As an anthrozoologist and advocate for zoos and aquariums, I cheered when SeaWorld announced it would join other facilities across the country in replacing its orca shows with educational presentations. Many facilities after doing so, watched their guest satisfaction scores soar. As in most SeaWorld Orlando shows, the specific conservation message — as well as the call to action — is vague and nondescript. Many, during their animal presentations, often outline specific and recognizable actions guests can take in their everyday life. True, SeaWorld is a popular theme park and thus entertaining guests is imperative.
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The theme park SeaWorld Orlando plans to phase out its signature killer-whale attraction at the start of the new year, scrapping the "One Ocean" show and replacing it with "Orca Encounter. The move comes more than four years after SeaWorld first announced it would refocus its orca shows on education instead of spectacle, and pledged to end its killer whale breeding programs. Orca Encounter, which has been part of the park's stable of presentations for a few years, features several whales in a tank accompanied by educational images and graphics on a large screen, according to the Orlando Sentinel , which first reported the news about the programming change. SeaWorld has faced intense criticism in recent years following the publication of a book by journalist David Kirby, "Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity," and an acclaimed documentary, "Blackfish. The film cast a harsh spotlight on the treatment of orcas at SeaWorld Orlando, arguing that putting the animals in captivity made them violent and neurotic. Follow NBC News. How SeaWorld is changing since killer whale controversies Dec. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports.
Debuting on New Years Day this new show removes a lot of the theatrics of some of the past shows and focuses more on the orcas and their world. Of course the show keeps the standard jumps, flips, and splashing but instead of just having it happen, the trainers talk about how these actions are not taught to the killer whales to entertain the crowds but are part of their natural behavior in the wild. As someone who has admired these beautiful creatures most of my life, but in the past has passed up the former shows because they have been the same thing, this show is now a must see for me on future visits to the park. For more information about the Orca Encounter and how to plan your next trip visit seaworld. Our main correspondent for Walt Disney World and the Orlando area and a heck of a paleontologist if he does say so himself. All rights reserved. Laughing Place is a dedicated group of Disney fans, like yourself, who love Disney. Laughing Place is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, or its subsidiaries. Movies Movies Home Movie News. More Upcoming Movies.