After a harrowing third quarter, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., has cut over 350 fish and mammal positions to make ends meet next month, according to its fourth quarter strategy.
For the last four years, SeaWorld has seen a sharp decline ticket sales, which many academics attribute to the 2013 documentary Black Fish.
After laying off several orcas in 2016, SeaWorld will reduce its stingray, hammer shark, manatee, and catfish population, totaling 200 mammals and 150 fish. Fish and mammals that have received a layoff notice will be released into the wild promptly.
Creatures impacted by the recent layoff were unable to interview due to our reporter’s inability to stay under water for more than three minutes at a time.
“While it was a difficult decision to cut the fish and mammals that have dedicate their lives to this company, SeaWorld cannot continue to sustain itself by maintaining its current strategy,” said Sara Redbeard, spokeswoman for
the high seas Sea World. The Q4 plan also includes a “buy one get one free” promotion, effective immediately. Additionally, all catfish entrees will be 50 percent off until January 1, 2018.
In a separate incident this past August, several of the entertainment company’s fish and mammals organized a two-day strike, demanding fresher water and longer breaks between shows. Several manatees, sharks, and remaining orca challenged administration to increase base wage to more “livable standards.”.
Officials at the Florida-based company reported that the massive layoffs are not to be considered a form of retaliation against the sea critters. Redbeard says that the funds Sea World saves from cut positions will be used to keep the company afloat, as it anticipates a slower fourth quarter.