If “Blackfish” backlash eventually forces SeaWorld to ditch Shamu, the park could survive — at least, that’s what theme park experts have said.
But it would take good planning and support from the city. Some potential challenges include meeting the city’s requirement that 75 percent of SeaWorld’s attractions be related to animals or serve an educational purpose. Also, with about 4.6 million visitors last year, SeaWorld no doubt fears losing visitors interested solely in seeing Shamu.
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