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SeaWorld to open new Shamu show next spring
Shamu will get a new show next spring at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego.
The killer whale show will replace "Believe," which debuted four years ago. There's no word yet as to whether SeaWorld's killer whale trainers will be in the water with the orcas in the new show.
The trainers have been out of the water since the February death of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld Orlando, forcing a hasty rework of "Believe," a show which focuses on the interaction between killer whales and humans. I have seen the show twice since the rework, and the storyline just doesn't work now, because the trainers were such a big part of it.
SeaWorld Parks President and CEO Jim Atchison told the Orlando Sentinel that the new show was in the works before Brancheau's death, but the timetable for launching the new show has been accelerated. Atchison also said the safety review launched in February has influenced the new show's development.
More details about the show are expected to be released in the next few weeks.
[Image credit: Flickr user Abi Skipp]