SeaWorld soars after bowing to orca criticism

|About: SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS)|By:, SA News Editor

SeaWorld (NYSE:SEAS) closed out Thursday's session up 9.4%, after announcing that it would stop breeding killer whales and cease its theatrical shows featuring them.

The theme-park operator has navigated turbulent waters in recent years, which included the release of Blackfish (a 2013 documentary that claimed orcas suffer in captivity) and slumping park attendance.

SeaWorld will continue its dolphin and other animal shows, but added that could also change based on consumer preferences.

SEAS +1.4% AH

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