Today SeaWorld announced their next killer whale show to be called One Ocean. The show will premiere at all three SeaWorld parks in the United States this year, beginning with SeaWorld Orlando on April 22.
Called a “multi-sensory celebration of life beneath the sea,” the new daytime Shamu show is inspired by a spirit of conservation. SeaWorld’s Julie Scardina, curator of animal training, offers more in the announcement video:
Kelly Flaherty Clark, curator of animal training, adds a few details about the contents of the show, saying it will feature “a lot of new effects” including “lights in the show, beautiful fountains, and of course amazing imagery of the undersea life on beautiful panoramic screens – LED screens. And that’s all a backdrop because our killer whales are the stars of the show … so they’re going to be performing amazing behavior – spectacular behavior – in ways people haven’t really seen before.”
The show will feature high-energy leaps and multiple whales performing simultaneously. The whales will interact in new ways with trainers, the audience, each other, and even the set itself.
All the details surrounding the content of One Ocean have not yet been released, but a web site has been set up at SeaWorld.com/OneOcean. In addition, SeaWorld has released a few visuals and a bit of concept art:
Here’s the show’s logo:
“One Ocean” replaces “Believe,” which ran for five years in all three SeaWorld parks. “Believe” and SeaWorld suffered setbacks and tragedy last year when one of the trainers involved in the show was killed by a whale during a performance. Acting quickly, SeaWorld removed trainers from the water for that show and while they will be featured in the new “One Ocean” show, they will not be in the water with the whales.
“This new show brings to life SeaWorld’s mission in the most powerful way yet,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “This show is what guests love about our parks – thrilling entertainment that educates and inspires you to celebrate, connect and care for the world we share.”
Following Orlando’s lead, SeaWorld San Diego will debut the show on Memorial Day weekend and SeaWorld San Antonio in June.