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SeaWorld to end its controversial killer whale shows

Tilikum the whale featured in the documentary 'Blackfish' which criticised SeaWorld. Credit: Sea World/ YouTube

SeaWorld is to end its controversial killer whale shows after years of bad publicity.

A statement said "times have changing and we are changing with them", adding that the current generation of orcas in captivity will be the last.

The killer whales currently in our care will be the last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today.

We always put the health and well-being of the whales first. We have the leading veterinary and scientific experts in the country to advise us on how to do this in a way that puts the health and well-being of the whales first.

We love our whales and so do many of our visitors and this is about doing the best thing for our whales, our guests, our employees and SeaWorld.

– SeaWorld statement.

It comes after years of protests against the shows and the documentary 'Blackfish' which focused on captivity of killer whales and the male Orca Tilikum who had killed at least three people.

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Coastguard launch search after man falls off cruise ship

Coastguards are searching for a man who fell from the 10th deck of a cruise ship and disappeared into the sea below.

According to reports the 46-year-old man, fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Key Largo, Florida at about 3am local time on Saturday and dropped a distance of about 100 feet.

The man is believed to be David Mossman from Texas, according to NBC News.

Florida: Plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport

A still image from a handout video footage by Mike Dupuy of the blaze. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Dupuy/

Passengers have been forced to evacuate a Dynamic International Airways plane after it apparently caught fire on the runway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NBC News Miami reports that the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane had experienced a fuel leak before takeoff at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767, was headed for Venezuela, according to reports.

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