In August SeaWorld finally admitted that attendance at its theme parks was hurt by negative publicity from "Blackfish." After the announcement, a New York law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. alleging that investors were misled by the company during its initial public offering in April 2013. The lawsuit says that the company failed to acknowledge the negative impact that the film was having on its revenue.
4. Its CEO couldn't stand the pressure.
In the wake of all these missteps, SeaWorld's CEO, Jim Atchison, stepped down from his position last December, though it's unclear whether he voluntarily left or was pushed out. While the chairman of the board of directors, David F. D'Alessandro, oversees the company in the interim, SeaWorld is seeking a new leader to save it from a complete implosion.
5. SeaWorld is scrambling to whitewash its orca tanks.