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MIAMI - US theme park operator SeaWorld said Friday it would build new, giant tanks for its killer whales, whose captivity has caused uproar and hit the company's earnings. Credit: Getty Editorial SeaWorld also pledged $10 million in funds for killer-whale research and announced a multi-million-dollar ocean health partnership, but animal rights groups were quick to savage the initiatives. The Orlando, Florida company, whose shares have hit their lowest point since going public in April 2013, has faced rising criticism since last year's release of the documentary "Blackfish." The film probed the impact of captivity on SeaWorld's orcas and the fatal 2010 attack by one of them, Tilikum, on...

Fishermen aren't out to catch everything in the sea. A group of three Alaskan anglers spent close to four hours freeing a killer whale from some treacherous rocks. Jason Vonick, a 42-year-old fisherman, spotted the needy animal while he was out preparing for the start of shrimp season with his partners Nick Segal and John Oakes. The group first noticed several killer whales attempting to hunt down seals near an inlet by the fishermen's boat. When the trio saw one of the females accidentally lodge herself in an outcropping of rocks, they knew they had to help. The men anchored their boat and set off on a smaller row boat to get closer. "She never fought us," Vonick told...

A juvenile killer whale named Sam has finally been rescued after becoming stranded in remote Weeteeam Bay on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, according to CBC News. Sam entered the bay through its shallow and narrow entrance, but apparently was unwilling to exit the same way on his own. After scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans found him, their first strategy was simply to keep an eye on him, hoping that he eventually would manage to leave on his own. After several weeks, however, Sam was still in the bay, crying for his mother. Next, scientists tried to coax the orca out of the bay by playing recorded calls from other killer whales....

Orcas Capture Dolphin After 2-Hour Chase

It's an interesting week for killer-whale watchers. Off the coast of Mexico, a photographer captured a fascinating but grim incident as a pod of orcas mercilessly chased a single dolphin for two hours before finally catching and eating it, according to the Daily Mail U.K.…

The film "Blackfish," which in large part is critical of SeaWorld and the practice of keeping orcas in captivity, has opened to nearly universal critical praise. Not among the films fans, unsurprisingly, is SeaWorld itself, which has denied claims made in the film about the theme parks, according to the Guardian U.K. In particular, SeaWorld has taken exception to the film's blaming of the park's policies and practices for the deaths over the years of three people, all killed by Tilikum, an orca who first was captured in 1983. The most notorious of these deaths is the most recent incident, when trainer Dawn Brancheau drowned during a show. "Blackfish" asserts that despite Tilikum's violent...

Get ready for a real whale of a tale. According to Daily Mail U.K., a man fishing off a charter ship in Alaska hooked a much bigger fish than expected. Frank Sanders threw out his line hoping to catch a halibut, and it didn't take long before he had his first bite. As Sanders worked on reeling in the large fish, someone else decided they could go for some halibut, too. A huge orca whale rose to the surface and attempted to snag Sanders' prize. The orca fought with the fishing line for 10 minutes before giving up and leaving Sanders and the crew to the mangled catch. Sanders admits the surprise encounter with one of nature's greatest fishermen left him stunned and screaming like a little...