After years of public outcry and declining attendance over killer whale conditions at SeaWorld, the company’s San Diego facility announced that its final killer whale show will take place on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. There are 11 orcas at the park, ranging in age from 2 to 52 years old.
The San Diego park will unveil a new attraction in the summer called “Orca Encounter,” which the company is peddling as an educational experience. However, vice president of zoological operations at the park, Al Garver, told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday, “You will still see a whale leaping out of the water.” Only this time it will be to “demonstrate behaviors,” not merely to entertain customers with miserable bloodsport. No it’s not the same thing, not at all.