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Scientists bemoan SeaWorld decision to stop breeding orcas

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There’s one last orca birth to come at SeaWorld, and it will probably be the last chance for research biologist Dawn Noren to study up close how female killer whales pass toxins to their calves through their milk. While SeaWorld’s decision last month to end its orca breeding program delighted animal rights activists, it disappointed many marine scientists, who say they will gradually lose vital opportunities to learn things that could help killer whales in the wild. Noren got to…

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With orca changes, SeaWorld must live without iconic Shamu

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SeaWorld built its brand on a leaping and splashing killer whale named Shamu. She was part of its logo, gave her name to stadiums in the theme parks and was the inspiration for rides. The orca image sold T-shirts and soft, stuffed animals for the kids to take home. With the company phasing out its killer whale program, it is forced to ponder the question: What is SeaWorld without Shamu? “The orcas were their most powerful engagement tool,” said Allen…

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SeaWorld to end orca shows by 2017 in San Diego

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The Latest from the announcement by SeaWorld that its orca shows at the company’s San Diego park will end by 2017. (all times local) A SeaWorld executive says orca shows at the company’s San Diego park will end by 2017. CEO Joel Manby cited customer feedback as the reason for the move in an anouncement Monday to investors. Manby said the park would offer a different kind of orca experience and focus on the animal’s natural setting and behaviors. The…

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