Thanks for the questions from today’s shareholders meeting. Here are the answers to your questions:

Shape and size of dorsal fins:
The facts are that the shape of an orca’s dorsal fin is not an indicator of the animal’s overall health, and bent or “collapsed” dorsal fins are seen in both wild killer whales, as well as those at SeaWorld. Chief Zoological Officer Dr. Christopher Dold explains more in this video:


West Nile in SeaWorld’s orcas, as well as those in the wild:
The fact is that the West Nile, and other mosquito-transmitted viruses, have been found in wild cetaceans. SeaWorld has been a leader for more than 50 years in the conservation of these animals, including the peer-reviewed publication to help researchers betters understand the impact illnesses like West Nile on cetaceans (St. Leger, J., Wu, G., Anderson, M., Dalton, L., Nilson, E. and Wang, D. 2011. West Nile virus infection in killer whale, Texas, USA, 2007. Emerging Infectious Diseases 17(8): 1531-1533.).  In fact, learning that cetaceans, both at SeaWorld and in the wild, can be infected with illnesses like encephalitis has helped researchers to better understand, and ultimately to better protect, these animals. 

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