There will be no "Free Willy" happy ending for the killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego.
Since the 2013 release of a documentary that accused the company of neglecting and abusing its orcas, animal rights activists have demanded that the San Diego theme park free its 11 killer whales.
But marine biologists — including SeaWorld critics — agree that the whales probably will never be released to the open seas.
Even if the whales don't spend the rest of their lives in the theme park, performing for capacity crowds, the closest they'd get to freedom would be retirement in ocean coves separated from open water by netting. There, they would be fed and cared...