SeaWorld Inc.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    7 Reasons SeaWorld's Bigger Orca Tanks Project Is a Joke

    SeaWorld has been in a bit of a pickle since the documentary Blackfish (and its ensuing soaring viewership on CNN and Netflix) came out in 2013. The documentary, which features several former SeaWorld trainers, exposes the park's inhumane practices with orcas, including how the whales are kept in sm ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    SeaWorld Pushing to Change Obamacare Requirements for Employees

    Two of the biggest Florida-based companies -- SeaWorld and Publix -- are pushing for changes in the full-time worker standards for Obamacare. Basically, with Obamacare, companies with 100 or more full-time employees must provide minimum essential coverage or pay a penalty of $2,000 to $3,000 per em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    SeaWorld's Appeal Denied by Court: Orca Trainers Must Stay Out of the Water

    The U.S. Court of Appeals voted down an appeal by SeaWorld over a ruling by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca bull named Tilikum following a show at the park in 2010. Occupation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blackfish Producer to Be Honored by PETA at Sublime Vegan Restaurant

    Manny Oteyza, best-known as the producer of the documentary Blackfish that was watched by more than 21 million people on CNN, will be honored by Fort Lauderdale philanthropist and restaurateur Nanci Alexander at her Fort Lauderdale gourmet vegan hot spot Sublime Restaurant & Bar this weekend. Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blackfish Producer to be Honored by PETA at Sublime; B-52's Fred Schneider Will Premiere Rock Lobster Video

    Manny Oteyza, the producer of Blackfish, will receive an award from PETA this Sunday at an invitation-only reception hosted by The B-52s' Fred Schneider. Schneider has also produced a video exposing cruelty to lobsters. This all-new "Rock Lobster" video, in which he declares crustaceans sea life, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Attendance Falls; Major Investor Dumps Shares

    In the first three months of 2013, SeaWorld reported a total attendance of 3.5 million people. Fast-forward to the first three months of this year and the numbers are a bit different. Yesterday the company reported 3.05 million people came through in the first three months of 2014, a 13 percent drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Five April Fools Pranks You Should Never Try in Florida

    Oh, April Fools, you're the silliest of all the days. Yes, sillier than Arbor Day, Flag Day, and even charades night at Rick Scott's house (where 90% of shouted-out guesses include the words "evil" and "snake"). Whimsy reigns supreme, and across America, fun is had while Whoopee Cushions deflate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Could Miami Seaquarium Orca Lolita Be Days Away From Freedom?

    The Miami Seaquarium's orca, Lolita, who has been crammed inside what is the smallest whale tank in North American for the past 40 years, is the closest she's ever been to being set free and reunited with her family. Back in January, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it was seekin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    SeaWorld Refuses to Admit Blackfish Had Impact on Attendance Dip

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. released fourth quarter earnings for 2013 on Thursday, and reported record earnings in its first year as a public company. SeaWorld President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison told analysts during Thursday's conference call that the documentary Blackfish, and its e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Could SeaWorld Orlando Be Affected by California's Orca Ban Bill?

    The recent proposal out of California to ban orca whale shows, particularly at SeaWorld San Diego, is the only such legislation being discussed anywhere in the country. But depending on where the legislation goes, Florida's SeaWorld and even the Miami Seaquarium could be affected as well. Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Harbor Seal Rescued in Lake Worth Inlet, Officials Try To Figure Out How it Ended Up in Florida

    A harbor seal who obviously made a wrong turn somewhere, ended up in our neck of the woods over the weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife were called on Sunday about reports of a seal swimming around near the Lake Worth Inlet. Swimmers spotted the seal swimming about, and reported that it seemed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    SeaWorld to Hold Conference Call on Fourth Quarter and Year End 2013 Earnings

    SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. are all set to release their fourth quarter and year end 2013 financial results when the market closes on Thursday, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. In what is sure to be a spectacle where big wigs talk about how much money they've made even in the face of adversity from protester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Miami Dolphins Offering Trips to SeaWorld as Part of Season Ticket Package

    The Miami Dolphins suck. And because they suck, they've had a hard time selling season tickets to the masses who refuse to pay big bucks to a perpetually mediocre team with no real direction or hope. They've pissed off a lot of people with the way they run their organization. So, to get people to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Denies Shareholders Vote on Whale Sanctuary

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, apparently owns 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, which it bought in April of last year. And since PETA is a shareholder, it came up with an idea to create a coastal retirement sanctuary for SeaWorld's killer whales. But, as thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Petitions Calling For Kid Rock and Alan Jackson to Cancel on SeaWorld Hits the Internet

    With Willie Nelson, and Heart, and the Barenaked Ladies, and the Beach Boys, and Pat Benatar, and Trisha Yearwood, and Cheap Trick, and .38 Special, and Martina McBride and REO Speedwagon canceling their gigs at SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ this year, the water park has now turned their hopes to Kid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Blackfish Filmmakers Challenge SeaWorld to Debate

    The filmmakers behind Blackfish and The Cove have challenged SeaWorld to a public debate on the issues the documentary has brought up, and the park's assertions that it's nothing but propaganda from a group of extremists. The Oceanic Preservation Society has put out a press release and thrown down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Family of SeaWorld Trainer Killed by Whale Releases Statement on Blackfish

    The family of Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca following a show at the park in 2010, has released a statement distancing itself from the documentary, Blackfish. The film, which exposes the abuse killer whales endure in captivity, specifically at SeaWorld, focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Hackers From Anonymous Claim to Have Shut Down SeaWorld Website and 1,500 Related Sites

    Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming to have shut down 1,558 websites (Editor's note: actually, we're seeing that number range from 1,557 to 1,559 in various tweets) in retaliation for the dolphin slaughter in Japan's Taiji Cove. One of the sites attacked and shut down by the group appears to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Dolphin Slaughters in Japan Bring More Negative Attention on SeaWorld

    The documentary movie Blackfish has brought a world of negative attention on SeaWorld. The film, which shines a light on the horrors of orcas in captivity, was aired to huge audiences on CNN and provoked protests around the country. In response, SeaWorld execs have alternately refused comment or b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar Cancel Busch Gardens Shows Over Blackfish

    The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar have canceled their Brew & BBQ shows at Busch Gardens, Tampa, the park announced Thursday. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld. Benatar and the Beach Boys join the likes of the Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart, and other artists who have decided to stiff-arm Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    SeaWorld Cancels Anniversary Party With Live Penguins, Thanks to PETA

    SeaWorld was all set to celebrate its 50th anniversary at a swank restaurant in Manhattan's meat-packing district, but its decision to feature two live penguins walking around like they're waiters put the kibosh on that whole endeavor. Turns out the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PET ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Sixteen Arrested at Rose Parade for Protesting SeaWorld Float

    Sixteen PETA protesters were arrested at the Rose Parade on Wednesday, a majority of them for trying to stop the SeaWorld-themed float. Riot police escorted the float as it made its way through the parade, passing multiple planned protest spots along the route. PETA protests took to the street in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    SeaWorld Ripped by Filmmakers in Open Letter

    In an effort to quell the negative backlash from Blackfish, last Friday SeaWorld took out a full page ad in major U.S. papers, including the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today in an all-out PR campaign designed to combat the allegations brought on it by the document ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    SeaWorld Swarmed by Protestors on Sunday Following Blackfish Backlash

    Just two days after SeaWorld took out a full page ad in several prominent U.S. newspapers to try and quell the damage being done over the Blackfish backlash, a string of activists showed up to the park in Orlando to protest outside its gates. Guests driving into the park were met with people holdin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    SeaWorld Places Full-Page Ad to Combat Blackfish Backlash

    After calling the several petitions launched through "digital harassment" following the controversy of the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld is now putting the full-court press on its critics. The Orlando-based theme park has placed a full-page ad in several newspapers across the country, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    SeaWorld Calls Blackfish Petitions "Digital Harassment" in Statement Over Artist Cancellations

    Classic rock artists and country music acts have been bailing on SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & Barbecue music fest left and right ever since several petitions were launched in response to the documentary, Blackfish. And now, the park has finally issued a statement about the petitions and canc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dolphin Research Center: Bring Holiday Props and Take Pictures with a Dolphin

    The 30-year-old Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key is inviting people to bring holiday props such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers and get their pictures taken with a dolphin. One reader worried that the facility was inviting people to put reindeer antlers on the dolphins -- and that this was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Joan Jett Demands SeaWorld Stop Playing "I Love Rock 'n Roll"

    You can now add Joan Jett as the latest classic-rock artist to come at SeaWorld with anger and protest thanks to the Blackfish documentary. In the wake of acts like Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, and Heart dropping out of the park's Bands, Brew & Barbecue music fest over the past week, Jett has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Heart Cancels SeaWorld Concert

    It looks like Heart is the latest act to drop out of SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & Barbecue music fest as a protest for the way the park allegedly treats orcas. The Barenaked Ladies was the first band to cancel on SeaWorld; then came Willie Nelson. Now, Heart is in on the Orca rights action. The classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Willie Nelson Cancels SeaWorld Concert

    First, the Barenaked Ladies, now the pigtailed man. About a week ago, the Barenaked Ladies cancelled their scheduled show at SeaWorld in order to protest the treatment of orcas in captivity. Willie Nelson has also cancelled a show at the theme park. A spokesperson at SeaWorld told New Times that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Barenaked Ladies Cancel SeaWorld Show After Petition Hits Internet

    The band Barenaked Ladies has officially canceled its February show at SeaWorld. This after a petition with about 10,000 signatures asking the band not to play at the water park hit the Interwebs. As we wrote about Thursday, backlash over SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales, brought to light in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    More SeaWorld Backlash: Will Barenaked Ladies Cancel Show There?

    Jeez, didn't anybody see Free Willy? The important life lessons of that flick seem to have been forgotten as marine parks have blended in as an acceptable part of our landscape. In fact, Sea World saw record profits this year. Still, backlash against the theme park has grown since trainer Dawn B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Howard Stern: "What Kind of Idiot Goes to SeaWorld Anyway?"

    Last week, we told you about how SeaWorld has come under fire, especially since trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a killer whale in Orlando in 2010. SeaWorld was fined by the Labor Department and ordered not to let trainers in the water with the animals -- a ruling SeaWorld is appealing. In the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    SeaWorld: Record Earnings Despite Orca Controversy

    SeaWorld reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday -- and they were at a record high, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which reported that the company's "quarterly profit ballooned 30 percent from the same period a year ago, from $92 million to $120 million. Total revenue rose 3 percent, to $538 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    SeaWorld Facing Huge Backlash After Blackfish Documentary Airs

    In the past few years, two trainers have been killed by orcas at SeaWorld, leading to news headlines, federal hearings, and a growing awareness that hey, maybe it's not such a good idea to keep giant wild animals in tiny tanks and treat them as slaves for our entertainment. This summer came the re ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2013
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    July 30, 2013

    SeaWorld Stranded Pilot Whale Was Never in Danger, According to Park

    Video of what appeared to be a pilot whale that had beached itself at SeaWorld popped up on the internet on Monday, and predictably, people lost their minds over it. And for good reason. Not only did the the whale appear to be distressed and in trouble but workers at SeaWorld appeared to ignore it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Beer Geeks Across the Globe Donate Cash and Super-Rare Brews to Benefit Florida Man

    When Lake Mary resident Gene Devaney started a thread on last Wednesday, his intention was to merely gather a few hundred bucks in donations to help a friend who recently suffered the tragic loss of his wife. The outpouring of support from the beer geek community in the days followi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Power Rank Friday: Jah Jams, Overstuffed Government Contracts, and Helmetless Dolphins

    The local personalities, egos, and public figures who swung through the news cycle this week, ranked by New Times' crack research department using a highly scientific algorithm (i.e., burning stacks of old Broward phone books and reading the ashes).5. Hollywood 104.7 FM "The Jam." Hollywood Police h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Miami Dolphins Logo: 15 New Choices

    The internet nearly stopped existing yesterday when sports blog Deadspin revealed what could possibly be the new Miami Dolphins team logo. Deadspin credited fan site DolfansNYC for leaking the possible logo, and Dolphins fans everywhere chimed in. Mostly, they hated it. And, if the leak is indeed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Five of SeaWorld's Sordid Scandals: Whale Slaves, a "Surgically Opened" Scrotum, and More!

    Yesterday we told you about Jillian Thomas, the 8-year-old girl who was feeding dolphins at SeaWorld when one of the animals bit her arm. Don't worry; she was left with three dime-sized puncture wounds and an unbelievably cool anecdote for the rest of her life. While a dolphin biting an 8-year- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    PETA Wants the Feds to Investigate SeaWorld Dolphin Bite Incident

    It was only a matter of time before PETA got involved with SeaWorld Dolphin Bites Little Girl Gate. Eight-year-old Jillian Thomas was bitten in the hand by a dolphin she was feeding at the theme park over the weekend. The attack left several dime-shaped punctures in her hand. See also: - Dolphin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Dolphin Bites Girl in SeaWorld

    An eight year-old girl was happily feeding dolphins at SeaWorld's Dolphin Cove when one of them lunged from out of the water and bit her hand. Jillian Thomas, who was visiting the SeaWorld Orlando park with her parents from Georgia, was lined up with other children, feeding the dolphins from a food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Lake Worth Mayoral Candidate Rene Varela Responds to Dolphin Trafficking Allegations

    Dr. Rene Varela ​Two days ago, we posted this story about how protesters in Lake Worth targeted mayoral candidate Rene Varela, shining light on his work with Ocean Embassy, an Orlando company (formed by ex-SeaWorld employees) that has plans to build a resort in Panama featuring marine animal attr ... More >>

  • Film

    August 6, 2009

    Free Willy. Seriously.

    The Cove expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?