Moments after SeaWorld said it would phase out its longtime killer whale show at its San Diego marine theme park, supporters and opponents took to Twitter to weigh in.
Instead of the show that has entertained park visitors for decades, the company said it would create a new orca experience in 2017 that would be "informative" and have a "conservation message inspiring people to act."
The plan to phase out the orca show comes as SeaWorld continues to face criticism after the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" accused the park of abusing and neglecting its killer whales. SeaWorld has denied those accusations.
For some, the phase-out was a victory many years in the making. Others saw it as just a first step.
Oh sure, be happy that SeaWorld is going to phase out the Killer Whale shows. Until they phase in the baby seal shows.— Paulie Leafraker (@YoPaulieNJ) November 9, 2015
SeaWorld comes up short again. Phasing out the show doesn't end orca suffering. Phasing out captivity does. That's the end game.— Phil Demers (@walruswhisperer) November 9, 2015
Some lamented the end of the shows and said they recalled past trips to the marine theme park.
I'm gonna have to go see Shamu before they end his show at Seaworld ¿¿¿¿— Brett Butler (@BBrett_01) November 9, 2015
To all you who complained to SeaWorld, now I can't go see Shamu and get splashed anymore. My childhood and future childs life is ruined— Ryan Tyrrell (@StoppinCranks) November 9, 2015
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