Sunday January 8th will mark Shamu's last public performance at SeaWorld, which until recently, has been the major draw to the park since the 1960's. In lieu of the backlash of documentaries related to the health and treatment of the killer whales, SeaWorld is quietly phasing out the orca shows, and that the killer whales that are currently in captivity will be the last.
In order to keep interest in the park from disappearing, SeaWorld will roll out three new attractions over the next couple of years. This summer they will introduce Orca Encounter, which apparently will present orcas in a more natural looking habitat, and promote education and preservation of the mammals.
Next summer our park in San Diego will unveil Ocean Explorer, a new "3-acre area that combines multiple aquariums, rides and digital technologies".
The third attraction will be called Electric Ocean and will be some kind of evening show, according to their website: "As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder."
Whatever your feelings are about this, it is the end of a long era. Hasta La Vista, Shamu!