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New Shamu show won't allow SeaWorld trainers in the water with killer whales

New Shamu show won't allow SeaWorld trainers in the water with killer whales
(SeaWorld)

trainers won't return to "water work" with

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killer whales

in the new

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2011 Shamu show

after the death of an animal trainer forced a complete reworking of the marine park's signature attraction, SeaWorld officials said.

"

One Ocean

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" will replace the 5-year-old "

" killer-whale show at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. (in April),

(on

Memorial Day

weekend) and San Antonio (in June).

SeaWorld pulled all trainers out of its orca pools after the February 2010, death of

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, a SeaWorld Orlando trainer who was killed by a 6-ton orca named

Tilikum

.

The conservation-themed "One Ocean" show in Shamu Stadium will feature fountains, underwater imagery and orcas performing in unison against a new backdrop of giant LCD screens. Working exclusively from the stage, trainers will no longer perform maneuvers such as the iconic "rocket hops" – in which a whale propels a trainer out of the water.

The separate

Dine with Shamu

programs, which were suspended after Brancheau's death during one of the dinner shows, are expected to resume in the spring, but trainers will no longer interact with the orcas in the water, officials said.

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