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SeaWorld’s Iconic Killer Whale Show May End

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- It could be the next installment of Free Willy, provided the court rules against SeaWorld executives and decides to cancel its popular Shamu shows after a whale killed an animal trainer 19 months ago.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Shamu shows are the most marketable thrill to vacationers around the world, and restrictions could heavily cripple the franchise—on top of the $75,000 fine the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to issue SeaWorld.

The proposed cancellation of the show comes after the Feb. 24, 2010 death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed when a 6-ton killer whale named Tilikum pulled her underwater.

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