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News 8 gets a sneak peek at new Shamu show 'One Ocean'

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - SeaWorld has a brand new Shamu show, and News 8 is getting a sneak peek.

SeaWorld promises that its new show "One Ocean" will be full of amazing flips, leaps and soaking splashes.

The new show thrilled a lucky audience Thursday who got a sneak peek before its debut Memorial Day weekend.

"The message is you can do anything you want but wouldn't it be great if you could focus on taking care of the creatures of the ocean. Maybe it's as simple as a beach clean-up, a career choice where you study animals or you teach future generations about animals," trainer Rick Shuiteman said.

The six killer whales and their trainers work side by side, literally. Gone are the days when trainers could jump into the water with the orcas to interact and perform stunts. Now trainers stand clear, often times giving signals through the glass. Long hair must now be tied back and new safety bars have been installed.

The new rules have been in place since February 2010, when 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the Orlando facility, was dragged to her death by Tilikum, a six-ton killer whale in front of horrified onlookers.

"The trainers aren't in the water right now and that's something we want to return to in the future. But the killer whale behavior is great, the trainers are working closely with the whales and have that great relationship, which enables us to put on a show like 'One Ocean'," curator of animal training Alan Garver said.

The new show comes just weeks after Tilikum befan performing again. His return has been controversial, since the orca is also responsible for two other deaths. But Garver says Tilikum's return is crucial for the whale's health.

"We've undergone a rigorous review, taken a great program and made it even better, and we're very safe in how we approach Tilikum and how he's performing in shows, a really good thing all around," Garver said.

SeaWorld officials say the safety measures will not take away from the show's energy, excitement and educational message.

"Our job as trainers is to provide as trainers is to provide a healthy safe and stimulating environment," he said.

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