The bottom falls out at SeaWorld Entertainment

Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS -33.9%) crash to below $20 as the company openly acknowledges that the documentary Blackfish kickstarted a damaging lobbying campaign against the captivity of Orca which has hurt park traffic.

The stock traded in the upper $30s before the PBS show first aired.

Blackstone (BX) reportedly turned down several bids over the years for its sizable stake in SeaWorld, preferring to launch an IPO early last summer.

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  • jurkojc
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    Just let it go.
    Much like society is letting go of the GMO's.
    We will be so much more the better for it.
    Shame on Blackstone.
    13 Aug 2014, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    BX makes investments based on economics. I own BX and don't blame them for their investment but I'm glad the movie came out and people are now aware of how harmful these parks are to the Orcas.


    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi
    13 Aug 2014, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • Greyfox070
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    You have no idea how SeaWorld treats animals. The parks spent millions and millions of dollars rehabilitating, rescuing, and assisting in the recovery of endangered species. Are they perfect? No. Should anyone be in the water with Tilly? Probably not. Are they liable for the death of the trainer? Probably. (innocent until proven guilty). Does this in any way overshadow their long record of accomplishments in animal rehabilitation and education? No WAY.


    I suppose now you would like to see all zoos closed as well. No one talks smack about tax-payer funded zoos, but when a private business wants to make money from whales, well, we just can't have that can we...
    13 Aug 2014, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    Once again, I have absolutely no problem with BX's investment or the private ownership. If people want to go see the orcas, they can, but "Blackfish" provides a look to how the orcas are treated. More information is almost always preferable to less.


    I'm not going to argue about this any longer as it's all a personal view on whether this behavior should be condoned.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • TTWOholder
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    You should not eat any meat based on you belief. when you eat you hurt plants too so you better not eat at all.
    13 Aug 2014, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • Greyfox070
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    This "Blackfish" story is one of the most ridiculous I'v ever seen. No one, and I mean NOBODY, made a peep when Anheuser-Busch controlled the parks. These PETA morons knew better, knowing that the mighty weight of A-B would crush them and/or discredit them.


    What many forget is SeaWorlds (whichever flag it flies under) infallible record and commitment to the education of the public on animal issues and the rescue and rehabilitation of many endangered species. SeaWorld parks are more of an educational attraction than "theme park" and I find it hard to believe that Americans are staying away because some lunatic PETA-head says so.


    And, as usual, others have buckled under the pressure. Southwest ($LUV) gets 20,000 signatures asking to repaint the whale planes and gives in, ending 25 years of a wonderful partnership. Sad.


    I wish I didn't have to keep reminding myself that this is the greatest country on Earth.
    13 Aug 2014, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • vettes4me
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    I believe there are a lot lot more folks who appreciate what Sea World is all about than there are PETA pukes. Maybe we should boycott south west airlines as a counter statement.
    13 Aug 2014, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • jrfrankln
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    It is typical overreaction to prejudical programming. Seaworld will recover. Unfortunately we live in a world where minority opinion rules the political correctness debate.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    So you think some people not supporting animal cruelty is just political correctness?


    I suggest you watch it on NetFlix.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • Greyfox070
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    So everything you watch on NetFlix is gospel? You've just been tossed into the "mindless drone" pile.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    Greyfox, it was a documentary and much of the footage was from and about people who actually worked at SeaWorld.


    Please point out to any major inaccuracies about how SeaWorld is harmful to orcas with evidence. Your really think orcas aren't better off in the wild? This is similar to how terrible elephants are treated in circuses. I look forward to your response.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • Bailey Boy
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    Personal views aside, once documentary aired Seaworld should have taken better and faster countermeasures. Goes for BX as well. This is business not personal. Though I will say I saw the documentary and will never take my family to Seaworld.
    13 Aug 2014, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • Jaehyuk Choe
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    "Personal views aside" lolol
    15 Aug 2014, 10:21 AM Reply Like
  • Hope128
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    $BX has trimmed stakes in Seaworld over the time, by Mid April they reduced the stakes to 22% (20M shares), they sold most shares at lease 10% over IPO price. We don't know if they continue to sell more stakes over last couple of months.
    13 Aug 2014, 05:39 PM Reply Like
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