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SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOrlando, Florida - April 10, 20141. Tight of killer whale show at SeaWorld2. Wide of show3. Medium of audience during showAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOrlando, Florida - April 26, 20144. Wide of protesters outside SeaWorld5. Medium of protesters6. SOUNDBITE: Bryan Wilson/Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (see transcript below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOrlando, Florida - April 10, 20147. Wide of trainers with pilot whales8. Tight of SeaWorld sign with pan out9. NATS child throwing fish to sea lion10. Medium of bottlenose dolphin in pool11. Tight of sea lion with pan out12. Tight of killer whale trainer's face13. Wide of trainers14. Medium of trainers with killer whale15. Medium of SeaWorld lab worker16. Tight of animal bloodwork in lab17. Wide of bloodwork going into machine18. Tight of blood on glass specimen19. SOUNDBITE: Christopher Dold/Vice President of Veterinary Services (see transcript below)20. Wide of killer whale giving urine sample21. Tight of dolphin undergoing ultrasound22. Wide of vet with pregnant dolphin23. Medium of pilot whale trainer with vet drawing blood24. Tight of pilot whale blood in tube25. SOUNDBITE: Stacy Dirocco/SeaWorld Veterinarian (see transcript below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYDeLand, Florida - June 18, 201426. Tight of Jett in his office27. Tight of killer whale photo with pan out to JettAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYOrlando, Florida - date unknown28. File Photo of killer trainer with TilikumAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYOrlando, Florida - April 10, 201429. Tight of animal bloodwork in tube30. Medium of killer whale in waterAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYDeLand, Florida - June 18, 201431. SOUNDBITE: John Jett/Former Seaworld trainer (see transcript below)AP TELEVISIONOrlando, Florida - April 23, 201432. Medium of protesters outside SeaWorldAP TELEVISIONOrlando, Florida - April 10, 201433. Tight of killer whale jumping into frame during show34. Wide of killer whale show35. Medium of trainer with pilot whaleVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:NATS of killer whale show: "Sit back and enjoy the show."KILLER WHALES HAVE BEEN A STAR ATTRACTION AT SEAWORLD FOR DECADES. NAT of activists outside parkTHE SPOTLIGHT ON THE CREATURES INTENSIFIED AFTER THE DOCUMENTARY BLACKFISH RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR CAPTIVITY. SOUNDBITE: Bryan Wilson/Animal Rights Foundation of Florida"Sea World continues to exploit these complex and very socially interactive animals."BUT AN AP ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL DATA SHOWS THE ANNUAL SURVIVAL RATES FOR MARINE MAMMALS AT SEA WORLD'S THREE PARKS ARE AT OR NEAR THE TOP OF ALL US PARKS AND AQUARIUMS.NAT of kid throwing fish to sea lions: "Did he get it?"AMONG THE FINDINGS:BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS AND CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS HERE LIVE LONGER THAN THOSE IN THE WILD. OVERALL, KILLER WHALES IN CAPTIVITY DON'T LIVE AS LONG AS THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE WILD. BUT SEAWORLD ORCAS BORN IN CAPTIVITY LIVE ABOUT AS LONG AS THOSE IN THE WILD POPULATION. NATSEAWORLD OFFICIALS SAY ADVANCEMENTS IN MEDICAL CARE HAVE IMPROVED THE SURVIVAL RATES. SOUNDBITE: Christopher Dold/Vice President of Veterinary Services"It's that ability to have access to them that's the key difference….We don't have that capacity in the wild. They are sort of hidden behind a veil."ON RECENT VISITS TO THE PARK IN ORLANDO, KILLER WHALE KAYLA GAVE URINE SAMPLES ON COMMAND. IN ANOTHER POOL, A PREGNANT DOLPHIN NAMED BOSSA HAD AN ULTRASOUND. AND A TRAINER COMFORTED FREDDIE THE PILOT WHALE AS A PARK VET DREW BLOOD. SOUNDBITE: Stacy Dirocco/Sea World Veterinarian"We can get what we need with barely interrupting their day. I think there's been a lot more emphasis on husbandry training and preventative medicine."BUT JOHN JETT, A FORMER TRAINER OF KILLER WHALES AT SEAWORLD, INCLUDING TILIKUM WHO KILLED A VETERAN TRAINER IN 2010 SAYS IMPROVEMENTS IN MEDICAL CARE DON'T ADDRESS THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN CAPTIVITY.SOUNDBITE: John Jett/Former trainer "It's impossible to mitigate the spacial effects of living in a concrete box….The first time I saw killer whales in the wild I sobbed. I mean I couldn't stop crying. It was such a stark difference."HE AND OTHER ACTIVISTS ARE PUSHING FOR SEAWORLD TO BECOME A REHABILITATION AND RELEASE CENTER. SEAWORLD OFFICIALS SAY THEIR WORK WITH THE ANIMALS HELPS PROVIDE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE WILD. SUZETTE LABOY, ASSOCIATED PRESS