SeaWorld is a United States chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation centers owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.
An oceanarium can be either a marine mammal park, such as MarineLand, or a large-scale aquarium, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, presenting an ocean habitat with marine animals, especially large ocean dwellers such as sharks.
A marine mammal park is a commercial theme park or aquarium where marine mammals such as dolphins, beluga whales and sea lions are kept within water tanks and displayed to the public in special shows.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a entertainment, amusement park and attraction company formerly owned by Blackstone Group, which retains a minority shareholding.
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The parks feature killer whale, sea lion, and dolphin shows and zoological displays featuring various other marine animals.
Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short, thick hair, big chest and belly.
Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of aquatic mammals.
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There are operations in Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; San Antonio, Texas; later in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and previously Aurora, Ohio.
San Diego is a major city in California, in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico.
San Antonio, officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh-most populated city in the United States and the second-most populated city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,409,019.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates.
On March 5, 2007, SeaWorld Orlando announced addition of the Aquatica water park to its adventure park family, which already includes SeaWorld and Discovery Cove.
Discovery Cove is an amusement park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, located in Orlando, Florida.
SeaWorld parks also feature thrill rides, including roller coasters like Kraken and Manta at SeaWorld Orlando and Steel Eel and The Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio.
SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park, located in the Westover Hills District of the City of San Antonio in Texas.
Steel Eel is a custom roller coaster built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing.
Journey to Atlantis, a combination roller coaster and splashdown ride, can be found at all three parks.
Atlantis is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato's works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges "Ancient Athens", the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato's ideal state.
The parks were owned by Busch Entertainment Corp., the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch, which is best known for brewing beer.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. is an American brewing company founded and based in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2009, Busch Entertainment was sold to the Blackstone Group and subsequently renamed SeaWorld Entertainment.
The Blackstone Group L.P. is an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services firm based in New York City.
In 2013, Blackstone sold 37% of SeaWorld Entertainment in an initial public offering.
The parks' marine mammal collections have been the subject of public debate over the years.
The 2013 documentary film Blackfish, produced after a SeaWorld Orlando trainer was killed by one of the park's killer whales, increased the scrutiny and has led to decreases in attendance, profits, and the company's share price.
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record.
It is a major theme park competitor to Six Flags, Cedar Fair, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Universal Parks & Resorts.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., also known informally as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts or Disney Parks, is one of The Walt Disney Company's four major business segments and a subsidiary.
Universal Parks & Resorts, commonly and also known as Universal Studios Theme Parks or solely Universal Theme Parks, is the theme park subsidiary of NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast.
Cedar Fair, L.P., doing business as the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered at its Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
In 2016, SeaWorld announced that they would end their in-park Orca breeding program, and eventually phase out their theatrical killer whale shows altogether starting in San Diego.
It was announced later in the same year that SeaWorld would build their first park without killer whales and outside of the United States in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
SeaWorld has stated that it wants to become the world's largest marine animal rescue organization.
It is already running one of the most extensive animal rescue, rehabilitation and release programs in the United States.