Why SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) is down 2.63% to $29.64 in trading Thursday after reporting a 13% drop in first quarter attendance at its theme parks.

SeaWorld's attendance has dropped to 3.05 million from 3.5 million in the previous year's first quarter.

Since July 2013, the marine mammal park has been dealing with a public relations nightmare after the release of the controversial documentary film "Blackfish."

The film questions SeaWorld's long practice of keeping orcas (killer whales) in captivity and has since sparked a movement calling for an end to their captivity programs.

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