- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld San Diego is planning a new aquarium-based attraction featuring a submarine ride with up-close views of octopuses, spider crabs and jellyfish.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Wrkhdc ) the submarine excursion will be one of five new Ocean Explorer rides. The project is expected to open next spring.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment put a $100 million plan to double the volume of killer whale tanks on hold after California officials voted to ban captive orca breeding as a condition of approval. SeaWorld’s CEO says some of that money will be used for a San Diego project.

SeaWorld San Diego president John Reilly says Ocean Explorer will cost tens of millions of dollars, but was in the works before the tank expansion was delayed.

SeaWorld has filed a lawsuit contesting the California decision.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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