Report: SeaWorld to phase out killer whale show at California park

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A tradition at a popular California attraction may be coming to an end.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SeaWorld announced that it plans to phase out its longstanding killer whale show at the California park next year.

Instead, visitors will be able to see a new “informative” orca experience that has a “conservation message inspiring people to act.”

“The plan to gradually phase out the Shamu show comes amid efforts at both the state and federal level to clamp down on SeaWorld by ending the captive breeding of orcas, which would effectively bring to an end the parks’ theatrical shows,” the tribune states.

It is not known whether the killer whale shows would stop in the Orlando and San Antonio parks.

According to CNBC, SeaWorld has 24 orcas in three parks in the United States. Eleven of the whales are housed at the San Diego park.