| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:01 AM
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...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:45 PM
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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:15 AM
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.
| Dec 2, 2013
| 7:57 AM
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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:26 AM
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...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:54 PM
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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:00 AM
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...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Aug 1, 2013
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...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 2:37 PM
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,...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 4:45 PM
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...