The internet has taken a sudden dislike to SeaWorld and it’s all thanks to One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Styles spoke out against the marine park at the band’s San Diego show on July 9, but today statistics have been released that seem to show that whatever Harry says, goes.
“Does anybody like dolphins?” he asked the crowd.
“Well, don’t go to SeaWorld”.
The star’s outburst of course went viral, and was then posted on Instagram by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
“You heard him ladies and gents. Don't go to sea world!” she captioned the post.
“Please follow @Dolphin_Project + for more info please check out www.dolphinproject.com”
Since then, analysts at Credit Suisse have discovered that SeaWorld have seen a 400% spike in online mentions and in the ratio of positive to negative comments, 68% have been negative.
SeaWorld quickly responded to the footage but the damage had already been done.
“Dear Harry, We’ve seen a concert clip of you urging your fans not to visit SeaWorld. We want you to know we love dolphins too.
We care for the animals in our parks like we would our own family. We are committed to making sure their lives are enriching and they are continually engaged socially, mentally and physically. And, we also care for dolphins in the wild,” its reads.
“In fact, SeaWorld has rescued more than 480 whales and dolphins. Right now we are caring for a wild dolphin that we rescued several weeks ago. This animal would have died without our help.
"Our team is with this animal 24 hours a day, and has walked alongside him and cradled him to help him stay afloat. Our goal with him is the same as with any rescued animal: rehabilitate and return him to the wild.
“We invite you to see for yourself, and then decide based on facts. We are happy to open our doors, take you behind the scenes, and have our trainers and vets answer any questions you have”.
SeaWorld’s run of bad press began in 2013 when the controversial documentary Blackfish was aired on CNN.
A documentary that focused the alleged cases of animal abuse at SeaWorld and other marine parks.