In yet another sign that SeaWorld is falling out of favor with the public, a new report shows that there's been a marked decrease in attendance since "Blackfish" was released.
According to the consulting firm Aecom, which reports estimates of theme park attendance globally, SeaWorld received 4.1 percent fewer guests in 2013 over the previous year -- despite the fact that attendance to other parks, like Disneyland and Universal Studios, actually jumped 5.4 percent worldwide.
SeaWorld denies Aecom's numbers are correct, though other park operators attest to the consulting firm's accuracy.
Weather has be posited as one possible reason that SeaWorld ticket sales were down, though that explanation seems dubious considering that nearby attractions saw spikes of as much as 9 percent over 2012. Others suspect that the marine park is in decline due to a growing sentiment that keeping killer whales captive is morally wrong.
"The public is disgusted with SeaWorld's archaic captive-orca shows, and the park's plummeting ticket sales reflect that," says Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA.