Reports: Legoland parent company may be looking to buy piece of SeaWorld

The parent company of Legoland may have its sights set on acquiring a piece of SeaWorld's business, according to published reports.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that England-based Merlin Entertainments has discussed a potential deal with SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. According to the newspaper, Merlin made a bid for a part of the company with likely interest in SeaWorld's Busch Garden theme parks in Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia -- but not its marine parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.

The newspaper reported Merlin "has a policy of not keeping cetaceans such as whales and dolphins in captivity …"

Yahoo, citing sources, reported SeaWorld is interested in a sale of the entire company.

Merlin Entertainments operates Legoland theme parks in Carlsbad and Florida, as well as in Dubai, Asia and Europe. The company also runs the famous London Eye and Madame Tussauds museum.

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