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Getting Answers Straight From the Whale's Mouth

On June 5, we’re getting together the experts – including a representative from SeaWorld – to talk through the park’s regional impact and what “Blackfish” means for San Diego’s future.

This post has been updated.

SeaWorld has long had a big impact on our region’s economy and national reputation.

That presence took a hit when filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite released her damning documentary, “Blackfish.” SeaWorld was forced to deal with a heightened degree of scrutiny from a growing base of critics, and we wanted to know what that meant for San Diego.

READ MORE: What We Learned About SeaWorld

To cap off our quest, a series that dove into the ethics, economics and fate of the park, we’re gathering a few invested parties to talk through the issues. Tickets are $20, but the event is free for VOSD members. Register here.

Joining us on stage June 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla:

Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist who works with a D.C.-based Animal Welfare Institute and was a key consultant on “Blackfish”;

Susan Gray Davis, a former UC San Diego professor who wrote a book on our hometown SeaWorld and can speak to its local contributions;

• and a representative from SeaWorld.

As far as we’ve seen, this will be the first time SeaWorld answers questions and offers its perspective directly to the public. We’re looking forward to a measured chat about the park, and we want you there.

Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and Lisa Halverstadt will co-moderate, and we’ll be taking questions from the audience by text. Save the date.

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