Despite Planned PETA Protests, Macy's Parade Won't Be Canceling SeaWorld Float

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A "concept sketch" of the planned float, which will feature both whales and surprises, apparently.
SeaWorld has had a really, really bad few months. This summer saw the release of the documentary Blackfish, which explored the death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau at their San Diego park. Brancheau was crushed by a 12,000 pound bull orca named Tilikum, who's also been implicated in the deaths of two other people; filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite used Brancheau's death as the starting point for a for an extremely harsh look at the cruelty and exploitation backing the park's "family fun." (In a response, Michael Scarpuzzi, the Vice President of Zoological Operations at the San Diego park, called the film "inaccurate and shamefully misleading.")

And just when the controversy was starting to die down, the news that SeaWorld will have a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fired it all back up again.

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The Breezy Point Beached Whale Has Died

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Breezy Point Fire Department
The doomed finback came ashore at the beach near Breezy Point in Queens.
Breezy Point was already the epicenter of New York City bad news. All but swallowed by the angry ocean during Hurricane Sandy, the neighborhood at the western tip of the Rockaway peninsula then caught fire, burning 111 homes to the ground as firefighters watched helplessly.

Now, a different category of bad news: The finback whale that beached itself at Breezy Point last week is dead.

The emaciated and injured whale was first discovered on the beach near Breezy Point last Wednesday by Lou Bassolino, a neighborhood resident who has been driving the beach for weeks in hopes of finding the boat he lost in the hurricane.

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