| Aug 3, 2014
| 10:11 AM
Terry Prather, president of SeaWorld Orlando, oversees Sea World Entertainment Inc.'s three Orlando parks: SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Attendance has recently declined at SeaWorld parks, and Southwest Airlines is ending its marketing...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 9:01 AM
“Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary.
The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The stirring documentary "Blackfish" vividly tracks the thorny case of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound killer whale and longtime SeaWorld Orlando attraction responsible for three deaths over the course of several decades in captivity.
| Jul 19, 2013
| 10:02 AM
The new documentary "Blackfish" opens with footage of a killer whale and a human being beneath the water's surface. As their forms become entangled, it looks as if they are involved in some kind of struggle, and the moment grows increasingly ominous....
| Jul 24, 2013
| 6:40 PM
There is a kind of denial we cling to when it comes to wild creatures in captivity. As if the smiling, performing orcas of SeaWorld are content to trade freedom for fish and applause. "Blackfish," director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's excellent new...
| 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, 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.
| 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...