‘One Ocean’ premieres at Shamu Stadium

“One Ocean” made its debut last week with its message of concern for the environment — and minus the trainers interacting in the water with the killer whales.

SeaWorld’s newest attraction replaces “Believe” and features a three-story set with panoramic LED screens, surround-sound speakers and an 80-foot-long killer whale fluke, along with 35 synchronized fountains that shoot water 50 feet across the whale pool.

The Inside SeaWorld blog has been following the process in its “Beneath the Surface: The Making of One Ocean” webisode, which focuses on the education aspects of the new show.

Trainers have not swum with the whales since trainer Dawn Brancheau was drowned by a whale in February 2010.


SeaWorld’s Curator of Animal Training Kelly Flaherty Clark said it’s something she hopes will change in the future.

“It’s a magnificent way to display these amazing animals … But this is my team. Their safety and well-being and the animals’ safety and well-being [are] at the forefront of my mind.”

Glee’s Spencer Lee performed at the show’s premiere and Jack Hanna, renowned zookeeper, appeared before the show began. A gallery of photos can be seen on the Orlando Business Journal web site.

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