SeaWorld CEO out as attendance continues slide after “Blackfish” fallout

SeaWorld Entertainment’s CEO is out as the company hopes a shift in leadership can help reverse a slide in attendance sparked by the controversial “Blackfish” documentary that was released a few years ago.  SeaWorld and other public aquariums have come…

SeaWorld overhauls tanks, begins transition to more interactive orca experience

Coming off the heels of yesterday’s news that SeaWorld San Diego will begin phasing out the live orca shows in favor of more natural, informational experience, the team started retrofitting the killer whale tanks to support this new direction. In…

SeaWorld to phase out orca shows

For animal rights activists, it is a huge win and probably the right move, as SeaWorld San Diego has announced the end of its hallmark orca whale shows in favor of a more informative experience. There has been a lot…

University of Florida & Rising Tide Updates: Dr. Matthew L. Wittenrich hired and Porkfish reared

The proof is in the results.  News broke publicly last week that the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab has hired well-know marine aquarium author and MASNA 2010 Aquarist of the year Dr. Matthew L. Wittenrich.  This organization has been…

SeaWorld death shines critical light on captive marine specimens

Undoubtedly one of the most horrific stories this week was the death of an Orca handler in Orlando’s SeaWorld during a public exhibition of the whales. As one of the most intriguing and majestic mammals, the Orca or “Killer Whale”…