A group of onlookers watch through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. A staff report for the California Coastal Commission, released Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, recommends the agency allow SeaWorld to double the size of its orca facility at its San Diego park with certain conditions, including that the company promise to never take killer whales from the wild.
A group of onlookers watch through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. A staff report for the California Coastal Commission, released Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, recommends the agency allow SeaWorld to double the size of its orca facility at its San Diego park with certain conditions, including that the company promise to never take killer whales from the wild. Chris Park The Associated Press
A group of onlookers watch through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. A staff report for the California Coastal Commission, released Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, recommends the agency allow SeaWorld to double the size of its orca facility at its San Diego park with certain conditions, including that the company promise to never take killer whales from the wild. Chris Park The Associated Press
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