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SeaWorld Ends Public Feeding Dolphin Program

Don’t worry, you can still take pictures and pet the dolphins—at your own risk.

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SeaWorld, the subject of the 2013 CNN documentary Blackfish, has received heavy criticism from advocacy groups and legislators for the treatment of its orcas, also known as killer whales. The treatment of its other marine creatures has often been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Tilikum, the subject of the documentary. However, according to ABC, SeaWorld Orlando is ending its policy of allowing people to directly feed the dolphins, the most recent change in the company’s practices on how animals and humans can interact.

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SeaWorld's Post Blackfish Syndrome

The future is grim for America's favorite, freedom-quashing, aquatic theme park.

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

It’s been a slow, slippery slide into ignominy for SeaWorld, but the past two years have plunged the company into a Mariana-sized trench of bad publicity—whether the animal theme park can resurface remains to be seen.

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Tommy Lee Wants to Spare Whales the Discomfort of Listening to Mötley Crüe

The founding drummer for Mötley Crüe wants SeaWorld to stop using the band's music because it's stressing out the whales.

Tommy Lee, founding drummer for Mötley Crüe, wants to spare whales the stress of listening to Mötley Crüe. He recently wrote a letter (PDF) on PETA's behalf to SeaWorld San Diego President John T. Reilly asking that the park stop using the band's music in their "Shamu Rocks" show.

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