The recommendation for approval also flies in the face of public opinion: The commission has received roughly 150,000 notes from the public about the planned expansion, most of them opposed to it - the largest public input the commission has ever received on an issue.
If the expansion is allowed, it would be a huge stamp of public approval for SeaWorld. While the commission is expected to approve the plan, there will be a day-long public hearing held before the vote, and every voice counts.
If you'd like to help, you can write to the commission at email@example.com. If you'll be near Long Beach, California, you can show your support for orcas by attending the public hearing on Thursday.