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  • SeaWorld's whale trainers given additional safety equipment

    SeaWorld's whale trainers given additional safety equipment
    Whale trainers at SeaWorld Orlando started wearing safety vests at the theme park's “One Ocean” killer-whale show Monday. The air vests inflate and become buoyant when their cords are tugged, and they include a small scuba tank. The...
  • SeaWorld loses bid to put trainers back in water for killer-whale shows

    SeaWorld loses bid to put trainers back in water for killer-whale shows
    SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of...
  • Family of SeaWorld trainer killed by whale distances itself from critical documentary

    Family of SeaWorld trainer killed by whale distances itself from critical documentary
    Relatives of Chicago-area native and former SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau have weighed in on "Blackfish," issuing a statement that distances the family from the controversial documentary about the treatment of killer whales in captivity. The...
  • SeaWorld Orlando: Shamu show taking break next year

    SeaWorld Orlando: Shamu show taking break next year
    Shamu Stadium, home of SeaWorld Orlando's iconic killer-whale show, will be closed for about three months early next year while its main pool is repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience are replaced, theme-park...
  • Blackstone chief blames Brancheau for own death, contradicting Seaworld

    Blackstone chief blames Brancheau for own death, contradicting Seaworld
    The top executive at SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.'s largest shareholder suggested that former SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau should be blamed for her own death, claiming that the veteran animal trainer broke multiple safety rules before she was...
  • SeaWorld uses newspaper ads to strike back at 'Blackfish' charges

    SeaWorld uses newspaper ads to strike back at 'Blackfish' charges
    Facing a mounting public-relations crisis, SeaWorld has finally responded to charges of animal mistreatment made in this year's documentary "Blackfish." On Friday, SeaWorld paid to publish an open letter in eight newspapers, including the Los Angeles...
  • Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite gets in deep with 'Blackfish'

     Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite gets in deep with 'Blackfish'
    Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's riveting documentary "Blackfish" tells the story of Tilikum, an aggressive bull orca who has lived the last 30 years in captivity. The film's central debate circles around what exactly caused the whale's behavior...
  • 'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on

    'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on
    SAN DIEGO — Gabriela Cowperthwaite looked out the window of a train at the ocean and the bros surfing and the fish taco stands whizzing by. "I'm antsy," she said, shifting in her seat. She checked her cellphone, which she had largely been ignoring...
  • End the killer whale circus

    End the killer whale circus
    SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orlando theme park more than three years ago. But that's unlikely to happen in the near future — not after the...
  • Protesters target Shedd Aquarium

    Protesters target Shedd Aquarium
    A group of protesters targeted the Shedd Aquarium today as part of a campaign in about a dozen countries to ask that whales and dolphins in captivity be released. The "Empty the Tanks" campaign today targeted aquariums in at least 10 U.S. cities,...
  • CNN Films buys documentary about SeaWorld trainer’s death

     
    Have you heard of “Blackfish”? Don't worry. You're going to hear a lot more about the documentary¬†about killer whales in captivity and the 2010 death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau. She was killed by the 6-ton whale Tilikum, who...