SAN DIEGO -- As it looks to revamp its image following the fallout from the Blackfish documentary, SeaWorld released more details Tuesday on two new attractions will be coming to its San Diego park in 2017, all part of a $175 million capital investment at all three of its parks.
The new attractions are Ocean Explorer and Orca Encounter. SeaWorldCares released new renderings of both today.
Ocean Explorer will be a three-acre area that includes “multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technology.”
Its major attraction will be Submarine Quest, which will allow guests to travel aboard mini submarines to view undersea animals. IT will have a several undersea research bases “housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and dozens of moray eels.”
The Orca Encounter program will focus on “natural orca encounters,” as opposed to “theatrical shows.”
“The new Orca Encounter will be based on killer whale behavior in the wild: what they eat, how they hunt, how they navigate and how they communicate, helping guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas,” SeaWorld said.