California Coastal Commission: Issue the Permits for the Blue World Project at SeaWorld San Diego!
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On August 15, 2014, SeaWorld announced its groundbreaking Blue World Project - a massive expansion of their orca facilities that would also make the habitats more interesting and enriching for the whales. Anti-captivity activists, fueled by the 2013 film Blackfish, insisted that the announcement was nothing more than a publicity stunt, since it came two days after the company's stocks crashed. Now the company is looking to obtain permits for the project, and the activists are looking for a new way to oppose their least favorite company.
First, here's what we know about the Blue World Project:
- The Coastal Development Permit that SeaWorld San Diego is applying for would allow for the construction of two new pools - one being 450,000 gallons, and one being 5.2 million gallons. The permit would also allow a new restroom facility to be built.
- The linear dimensions of the new habitat are impressive as well. The new tank will occupy 1.5 acres and stretch 350 feet across. It will be 50 feet deep, with park guests being able to view the animals from 40 feet below the surface.
- SeaWorld's much loved online "Shamu Cam", a killer whale webcam, went offline in 2013, but it will be returning with the stunning new habitats.
- The plans for the Blue World Project include many opportunities for enrichment and exercise, including an area of shallow water the whales can rub their bodies on, a fast water current that works like a treadmill, and an aquarium filled with kelp and fish for visual stimulation. Occasionally, the kelp will be harvested for the whales to play with.
- The guest experience will be varied and dynamic as well. Several underwater viewing areas will be located at different depths, and guest will be able to walk along a "sandy shoreline", watching orcas only a few feet away.
Anti-captivity activists, such as the extreme animal rights group PETA, are rallying against the project, simply because it's not the ocean. Please, tell the CA Coastal Commission that you want to see this habitat built so that orca welfare will improve even more.
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