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According to UT San Diego, the company's CEO, Jim Atchison, weighed in on the impact of "Blackfish" during a conference call about the announcement.
"As much as we're asked that, we can see no noticeable impact on our business," he said. "The movie in some ways has actually made perhaps more interest in marine mammal parks and actually even about us, so we've seen that reflected through certain visitor profiles and certain guest comments and things we egt."
But MarketWatch noted that "Blackfish" may have drawn negative attention from stockholders.
SeaWorld has faced negative publicity following the death of a killer whale trainer in 2010 and the 2013 release of the documentary film "Blackfish" that focuses on the accidental deaths of SeaWorld trainers and the treatment of the killer whales held in captivity and trained to perform tricks to entertain audiences.
NASDAQ posted its expectations for the future of SeaWorld's stock: