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February 13, 2020 - Paste Magazine

SeaWorld Will Pay $65 Million to Settle Lawsuit Related to Blackfish

SeaWorld Will Pay $65 Million to Settle Lawsuit Related to Blackfish
Orcas forced to perform File Image: (c) Photabulous!

The trials and tribulations at SeaWorld have never really stopped after the release of scathing 2013 documentary Blackfish.

That film, by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, laid out a series of stunning accusations and hushed-up incidents involving the park’s most famous attractions, the orca whales, which led to an immediate nosedive in park attendance. Now, SeaWorld is being made to pay $65 million in a class-action lawsuit related to the film … not to animal rights activists, but to its own investors. The lawsuit, which was filed way back in 2014, accused SeaWorld of misleading its investors in terms of how bad the fallout surrounding Blackfish had actually been, in terms of the park’s revenues. And yeesh, it really was a startling drop-off: quarterly income was down a whopping 84% year-to-year in the quarter following the much-publicized release of Blackfish.

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