Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014. A California lawmaker introduced a bill to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATESANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) - RTR3HTDT

Orcas will flip through the air and perform high-energy tricks for an audience for the last time in California on Sunday, when SeaWorld puts on its final killer whale entertainment show in San Diego. After years of pressure from animal advocates and fallout from the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld had announced the closing of the shows in March.
But after Sunday, the company’s San Diego park “will conduct an interim orca educational presentation in the pool that is also used for underwater viewing … while we remove the existing theatrical moving screens and show set in the stadium and replace them with a natural backdrop that will reflect the natural world of the orca,” SeaWorld San Diego spokesperson Dave Koontz told the media.
Spurring SeaWorld along, California had banned captive breeding of orcas in 2016.
SeaWorld’s orca shows have been seen by more than 400 million people over the previous decades. But the …
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