The Orlando, Florida-based company reported total revenue of $1.34 billion for 2016, down 2.2 percent from the previous full year.
The baby orca has not received a name because SeaWorld veterinarians can not yet determine if the killer whale is a male or a female.
Preparing late last month for the moment, SeaWorld's chief zoological officer, Chris Dold, told The Associated Press he expected the birth to be bittersweet, because it would be the last such event at any of the parks. The company has not brought in an orca from the wild in decades. The park had come under fire for its treatment of killer whales since the 2013 CNN documentary "Blackfish". He died earlier this year of bacterial pneumonia.
The last baby orca born in captivity at SeaWorld will reportedly be allowed to remain with its mother. "Natural orca encounters" will soon be offered at the parks instead of the once highly popular killer whale shows. This summer, the San Diego park will unveil a new, educational attraction in a revamped pool, and new orca attractions eventually will follow in San Antonio and Orlando.
Guests at SeaWorld San Antonio will have the opportunity to visit and observe Takara and her calf in the near future during select times. She previously given birth to four other calves - two of them are at SeaWorld San Antonio. Both orcas were swimming calmly, including taking breaths at the water's surface, and trainers would be watching for the calf to begin nursing. "Mom's not holding onto the calf, but it's riding in her slipstream, and that's how it gets around".
More than 22 million guests a year visit SeaWorld and support its mission to deliver experiences that matter and inspire protection of the wild world. "We take our lead from mom, Takara will let us know when she is ready for us to meet the calf and at that time we should be able to determine the gender".
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), called for the unnamed baby orca and her mother to be transferred to a seaside sanctuary for the remainder of their lives.
SeaWorld will continue to care for the orcas at its parks-orcas live a lengthy life and Takara is 25, for example-but the theatrical shows and tricks are over.