The video promises to improve the lives of the captive orcas by building better tanks ... but SeaWorld hasn't even been legally approved for the project. "They're scheduled to come before the commission in August, and the commission hasn't made a decision yet," Naoki Schwarz, spokesperson for the California Coastal Commission, told The Dodo.
SeaWorld historically has had no qualms with misleading the public. "The video simply continues a long history of misinformation intended to look slick and win over the uninformed," Jeffrey Ventre, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld, told The Dodo. "Frankly, it's a joke."
Another former trainer, John Hargrove, says that even if it happens, the project won't make life better for the orcas. "They're already deceiving the public about the size of these enclosures," he told The Dodo. "They're proposing to use the already existing space of the Shamu pool and they're making people think it's this big improvement. It shows the culture of deception."