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SeaWorld has long had a big impact on our region’s economy and national reputation.

That presence took a hit when filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite released her damning documentary, “Blackfish.” SeaWorld was forced to deal with a heightened degree of scrutiny from a growing base of critics, and we wanted to know what that meant for San Diego.

READ MORE: What We Learned About SeaWorld

To cap off our quest, a series that dove into the ethics, economics and fate of the park, we’re gathering a few invested parties to talk through the issues. Tickets are $20, but the event is free for VOSD members. Register here.

Joining us on stage June 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla:

Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist who works with a D.C.-based Animal Welfare Institute and was a key consultant on “Blackfish”;

Susan Gray Davis, a former UC San Diego professor who wrote a book on our hometown SeaWorld and can speak to its local contributions;

• and a representative from SeaWorld.

As far as we’ve seen, this will be the first time SeaWorld answers questions and offers its perspective directly to the public. We’re looking forward to a measured chat about the park, and we want you there.

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and Lisa Halverstadt will co-moderate, and we’ll be taking questions from the audience by text. Save the date.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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