A bill that would have ended the killer whale shows at Sea World has stalled.

Noting just how contentious the idea had become, lawmakers put it up for further study today.

What this means is that the bill will be held over, probably for 18 to 24 months. 

Naomi Rose with the Animal Welfare Institute helped Democrat Richard Bloom craft the legislation that would have put an end to Orca breeding and phased out the iconic performances.

It was spurred on by the documentary "Blackfish" which claimed captivity spurred aggression in the animals and lead to trainer deaths. Rose says she'll keep pushing and bring out a lot of the science she believes is on their side.

Sea World says its Orcas live quality lives and draw in millions of visitors to one of Southern California's job hubs.