Attendance and profits have plunged again at SeaWorld. The company, which operates 11 theme parks, says its third quarter earnings fell 28 percent from a year ago and they had half-million fewer park visitors. That's all during what is supposed to be the busy summer months. SeaWorld's CEO says he is confident they're addressing the company's challenges. They are building larger tanks for its killer whales, the first expected to open in San Diego in four years. This comes after CNN aired the documentary "Blackfish" last year. The film raised questions of alleged animal abuse at its parks. SeaWorld Entertainment Group denies the allegations.
CNN's Ivan Watson got a unique view into how SeaWorld and other parks get their killer whales. For the first time on TV, a former whale hunter is sharing his video.
"I didn't come from animal activism, I was a mother who took her kids to Sea World." That's how Gabriela Cowperthwaite describes her background before making "Blackfish." She talks about why she made the film and her handling of trainer Dawn Brancheau's death.
After making the film "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite makes the argument "the most important thing that we learned from having whales in captivity, is ironically that they should not be in captivity." Jack Hanna questions the definition of what many people consider to be captivity.
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