At first, SeaWorld labeled opponents as "radicals," but slipping profits and falling attendance suggest a broader shift in public opinion.
"It's a new world now that the world knows what happens there, and SeaWorld will have to evolve fast to survive," director of "The Cove" Louie Psihoyos explains. Numerous sponsors have pulled their support and travel operators have dropped SeaWorld from their itineraries. But the marine park has yet to announce a productive change ... of any kind.
Given the growing number of voices calling for change, it seems inevitable now that one day the orcas will be released and the marine park's tanks will be drained. As John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer featured in "Blackfish" declares, "They're going to be forced to change, whether they like it or not."
This presents SeaWorld with a remarkable opportunity to become a much different type of orca pioneer -- by releasing their orcas and ending captivity for good.