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Some aquariums scale back mammal attractions post-'Blackfish'

Some aquariums scale back mammal attractions post-'Blackfish'

As controversy over marine captivity has heightened, some attractions are eliminating or scaling back dolphin shows and facing government crackdowns on whale breeding.

The long-running debate over keeping marine mammals in captivity was brought into the spotlight after last year's documentary "Blackfish," which cast SeaWorld in a harsh light.

"It sounds like some of these aquariums are not willing to step into the fight. They're basically giving up, which is not a good sign for SeaWorld," said Scott Smith, a University of South Carolina hospitality professor whose specialties include theme parks.

Orlando-based SeaWorld is planning...

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