trainers won't return to "water work" with killer whales in the new
2011 Shamu show
after the death of an animal trainer forced a complete reworking of the marine park's signature attraction, SeaWorld officials said.
" 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
, 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.
Dine with Shamu