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SeaWorld Parks to launch new killer whale show in 2011

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has confirmed that it will replace the Believe killer whale show in 2011 with a "stunning" all-new concept.

The new show will debut in spring 2011 at all three SeaWorld parks - in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. Believe will close after a four-year-run, with the company claiming that its replacement is unrelated to the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau earlier this year.

Few details of the new show have been revealed, other than that it has been in development for over a year. SeaWorld Parks' president and CEO Jim Atchison said of the plans: "We've been working very hard at developing a new concept that I think is going to be very exciting."

SeaWorld has refused to be drawn on whether trainers will enter the water with the orcas in the new show. Trainers have not entered the pool with the whales since the incident in February which resulted in the death of Brancheau.

Brancheau, a 12-year veteran at SeaWorld, was killed when the 30-year-old whale Tilikum pulled her into the water by her ponytail and drowned her following a show on February 24. The incident sparked worldwide media coverage, and reignited the debate over whether killer whales should be in captivity or not.

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