An all-new killer whale show dubbed One Ocean will replace Believe at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld San Antonio later this year.
The new show has been in development for over a year, and will feature an educational message that is designed to inspire guests to "celebrate, connect and care" for the ocean. It will debut at SeaWorld Orlando in late April, at SeaWorld San Diego on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) and at SeaWorld San Antonio by June. A video announcement of the show from Julie Scardina, Curator of Animal Training at SeaWorld is embedded below:
One Ocean will feature water fountains, and the orcas will continue to splash guests in the audience as in previous SeaWorld shows. However, trainers will not enter the water with the killer whales, as has been the case since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010.
Believe will end a 5-year run at SeaWorld's parks, with Scardina claiming that it it is "time to change". The new show appears to have been designed from the ground-up to exclude trainers entering the water, and will focus on the whales' personalities. Spectacular aerial stunts and sections featuring multiple whales will help compensate for the lack of human-whale in-water interaction.
Brancheau, a 12-year veteran at SeaWorld Orlando, 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, 2010. Tilikum has not performed in a SeaWorld show since, but Scardina says that the whale has been continuing to train in the show pool to prepare him for a return "when the time is right".
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