O Sea World Orlando launched a new killer whale killer whale show, which will teach the public more about one of the ocean's most powerful predators, & #8220;Orca Encounter“.
This new show, which replaced #8220; One Ocean & #8221;, shows the importance of play for orcas and talks a little about their hunting techniques.
Guests will learn more about orcas being cared for in the park, witness natural behaviors and learn more about them than ever before.
The show was set to be a more educational show aimed at preserving these amazing animals.
Honestly, we love to see this kind of initiative in these animal-friendly parks because we know of the damage done to these pets. We see a lot of this already in Animal kingdom and we have seen more and more at Sea World and Busch gardens.
“SeaWorld is excited about our new killer whale educational presentation, & #8216; Orca Encounter & #8217 ;. Visitors will learn about the role of killer whales in the ocean's ecosystem, behaviors that animals exhibit in the wild, the importance of conservation for their habitat, and animal welfare practices. at SeaWorld. This educational presentation reflects our company's mission to inspire people and protect the world's wild animals and wonders through education, research, rescue and conservation of animals, ”said the SeaWorld Orlando in statement.
Reserved seating and meal packages are available for this new show, and it is also possible to sit in the #8220; Splash Zone & #8221; that very wet area of the audience!
The Orca Encounter screenings officially began on January 1, 2020.
Why was the One Ocean show dropped?
With a new CEO at the helm, SeaWorld seems to be back on track with previously announced plans to phase out entertainment-oriented animal shows.
With this, & #8220; One Ocean & #8221; was retired at the end of December 2019 in Orlando and San Antonio.
During the heat of SeaWorld's rough seas, former CEO Joel Manby jumped in 2016 by announcing the end of orca breeding, and plans to phase out his orca theatrical shows.
One year later, Orca Encounter & #8221; premiered in San Diego at a newly remodeled orca theater that most closely resembled the natural Pacific Northwest, where many orcas are found. The show was open to mixed reviews, but it was clear that this would be the future of the parks.
Less than a year after the new program debuted, controversial CEO Joel Manby was out. Since then, the company has seen a revolving CEO door, with the latest, Sergio Rivera, on board in November.
In the two and a half years since the release of & #8220; Orca Encounter & #8221; In San Diego, the company was silent about what the future holds for its other two SeaWorld parks.
But now, with a new CEO, plans to launch the most educational presentations are advancing.
An updated version of Orca Encounter & #8221; was released in Orlando on January 1st. In San Antonio, & #8220; One Ocean & #8221; ended December 31 and & #8220; Orca Encounter & #8221; will be launched when the park reopens in late February.
Until January 5, while the park closes its vacation openings, the short educational presentation & #8220; Killer Whales Up Close & #8221; will remain in rotation, giving guests the opportunity to see orcas.
The new show is closer to some of Sea World's older shows, before the shows for which they are now known.
When #8221; One Ocean & #8221;, with its original soundtrack, debuted in 2011, it made history as the first show to remove coaches from the water with orcas.
A year earlier, coach Dawn Brancheau was killed by an orca during a performance of Dine with Shamu.
Surprisingly, both version & #8220; One Ocean & #8221; for the San Diego version of & #8220; Orca Encounter & #8221; they still feature trainers near orcas during shows, including times when trainers kiss killer whales in a slide area near the front of the stadium.
While the educational program may calm some critics, SeaWorld still faces decades of criticism over its use of captive killer whales.
Of the five orcas currently at SeaWorld Orlando, only one is over 15 years old. Half of San Diego's ten killer whales are 18 or younger. Two of San Antonio orcas are less than ten years old.
According to the non-profit whale group, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, male wild killer whales can live up to 60 years, with an average life span of 30, while female killer whales can live up to 90 years, with an average lifespan of 46 years. Currently, the female orca at SeaWorld Orlando, Katina, is 44 years old, while the oldest orca under SeaWorld's care is Corky II, 54, in San Diego.
Katina and Corky II are two of the three orcas still under the care of SeaWorld that have been wildly caught.
Almost four decades ago, the company promised not to receive any orca caught in the wild.
That promise, along with 2016 to end breeding, means that the current 20 killer whales under the care of Sea World will be the last that the park and probably the country will summer.
Online speculation that SeaWorld may introduce another animal & #8220; wow & #8221; replacing orcas is also undermined by this promise, as many of the most impressive species of marine life, such as whale sharks, have not yet been successful in captivity.
The new educational presentations are important, but some have pointed out that there are still valid critiques of the size of the whale's tank.
Earlier proposals to increase the size of orca tanks, already one of the largest in the world, and to provide water mats & #8221; have been quietly canceled, but the question remains what SeaWorld plans to do with long-term killer whales.
Experts have reported that orca trainers are trying to train captive breed whales as catching live bait, which is preferred for various reasons of physical and mental health.
Like a domesticated dog, Sea World orcas under the care of Sea have lost many of their natural tendencies.
It is also unclear how robust their immune system is. These concerns have meant the theoretical marine pens that some argue may not be a possibility. But as animal welfare concerns become more common, many large mammal animal facilities are struggling to meet public expectations.
Source: Orlando Weekly