Alternatively, SeaWorld can choose to fade into irrelevance by failing to acknowledge the reality of their predicament. By redirecting their efforts and by announcing an end to captive breeding, and thus an eventual end to captivity, it's our belief that a new respect for SeaWorld could be won. In the interim the parks could continue to profit from those whales already part of their collection.
Unfortunately, instead of evolving, SeaWorld has announced plans for expansion into overseas markets, including Russia, China, and the Middle East. They will soon take their show and their whales to places with fewer regulations, and for the time being, seemingly less negative public sentiment toward the practice. Precedent for this is demonstrated in their "arrangement" with Loro Parque in the Canary Islands. These endeavors may be financially lucrative for a while; at least until citizens in those countries also come to the realization that killer whales don't belong in tanks. Like those currently held in U.S. facilities, killer whales in foreign tanks will also have broken teeth, chronic infections, collapsed dorsal fins, sunburns, shortened lifespans, and missing families. Young whales will still be separated from their mothers. Spin cannot replace reality, and the reality is that killer whale captivity doesn't work for the animals, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that it fails as a sustainable business model. Our planet needs help and it is our genuine hope that SeaWorld will ultimately reject their current model, and instead evolve to meet the public's diminishing acceptance of the unnecessary exploitation of killer whales and other animals. The evidence to date, however, suggests otherwise.