SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby announced a landmark move which acts to keep the theme park going after a wave of criticism.
Following the 2013 release of Blackfish which investigated the horrendous conditions orca whales are put through and numerous protests, the company has suffered dwindling attendance numbers.
SeaWorld announced it will be phasing out its orca whale performance shows at San Diego by the end of 2016. Instead they will feature in a simulated natural habitat offering visitors a better understanding of how whales are in the wild.
SeaWorld got approval from the California coastal commission for a $100 million expansion to build these new habitats.
The themepark company said it will not release its killer whales as they would not survive in the wild after years in captivity.