Thanks to “Blackfish” and your unwavering support of captive marine mammals everywhere, SeaWorld reported a 13% drop in attendance on Wednesday in its quarterly earnings report. The marine park also reported that its revenue fell 11 percent year-over-year to $212.3 million; a number even worse than what was expected.
SeaWorld blamed bad weather and the Easter holiday for the plummets, saying in a press release, “Attendance in the first quarter was impacted by a shift in the timing of Easter into the second quarter of 2014, which caused a shift in the Spring Break holiday period for schools in many of the Company’s key source markets. Attendance was also impacted by adverse weather, particularly above average precipitation in the Florida market as well as below average temperatures in the Texas market for the first quarter of 2014.”
Perhaps the drop in attendance and earning could be because the animal abuse that SeaWorld promotes has finally been exposed since the release of “Blackfish”. There hasn’t been a shortage of negative press lately, and more and more people are becoming aware of the abuse the marine mammals endure. Just recently, a story broke about the use of valium-like drugs to keep the emotionally disturbed captive Orcas calm enough to perform without harming themselves or others.
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