SeaWorld San Antonio via CNN


The Orlando, Florida-based company reported total revenue of $1.34 billion for 2016, down 2.2 percent from the previous full year.

A killer whale calf has been born at SeaWorld's Texas resort - the last to be born at any of the company's parks. The amusement park giant announced previous year it will end its orca breeding program and stop the shows after pressure from animal rights advocates and public perception following the release of the film 'Blackfish'. It also said the calf and other orcas couldn't be released into the wild because they were born and raised in captivity and would likely not survive.

The mother, 25-year-old Takara, was already pregnant when SeaWorld said it stopped the breeding program. For killer whales, the gestation period is actually between 17 and 18 months.

The baby orca has not received a name because SeaWorld veterinarians can not yet determine if the killer whale is a male or a female.

SeaWorld's chief zoological officer, Chris Dold told the paper that the calf was born normally - tail first - after about an hour and a half of labor. "It's a tempered celebration only because we're focused on the health of these guys".

Guests at SeaWorld San Antonio will have the opportunity to visit and observe Takara and her calf in the near future during select times. SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas welcomed a baby orca on April 19, and we are turning to mush over these pics of the calf swimming with its mom Takara.

"These are extraordinary moments", he said by phone while traveling to the USA from Abu Dhabi, where SeaWorld is developing its first new park without orcas.

More than 22 million guests a year visit SeaWorld and support its mission to deliver experiences that matter and inspire protection of the wild world.

The gender of the calf will be confirmed at a later date, once Takara appears comfortable with allowing her trainers to meet her latest arrival.

But PETA has argued the mother and baby should be "retired" to "a seaside sanctuary, where they may someday be reunited with Takara's mother, other children, and grandchildren".

All of the remaining orca whales will remain on display and be made available for researchers for many years to come at SeaWorld's San Antonio, San Diego, and Orlando locations.



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