Sea World announced Thursday it is ending its killer whale breeding program, a move comes after mounting public criticism and slumping park attendance over the past several years. The San Diego marine park will be the first to see the changes next year, followed by San Antonio, and then Orlando in 2019. Across the three U.S. parks, there are 23 orcas, ranging in age from 1 to 51.
The company already agreed not to bring in any more cetaceans, meaning that the current existing orcas in park represent Sea World’s last generation of killer whales.
But given their life spans—50 years or more—the orcas will mostly likely be a presence at the parks for decades to come.
- Credit for the information goes to the following: Weisberg, Lori. “Sea World to Stop Breeding Orcas.” The San Diego Union Tribune, Friday 18 March 2016, Front Page.