A few weeks ago, Kiefer and I took Boo and Radley to Florida for our family honeymoon. We visited friends, went to the Tampa Aquarium, and went to SeaWorld (#26 on my 35 Before 35 List).
Growing up, I wanted to be a marine biologist, so I could train dolphins and do this:
I did not know that to swim with the dolphins sometimes you get the short straw and end up dressing up like a bird…and don’t get to swim with the dolphins at all.
Seriously? It’s called “The Dolphin Show” because I want to see the dolphins. After seeing the show, I propose these more accurate names:
- The Why-Doesn’t-All-That-Actor’s-Make-Up-Wash-Off-in-the-Water (and Dolphin) Show
- The People-Who-Are-Crazy-to-Dive-Into-the-Water-From-That-High-Up (and Dolphin) Show
- The I-Don’t-Understand-the-Plot-of-This-Story-Where-Dolphins-Are-the-Supporting-Actors-Instead-of-the-Leads Show
None of us had ever been to SeaWorld before, but we thought it would be like Baltimore’s aquarium…only awesomer since B-more’s aquarium makes the a top U.S. aquariums list.
You know what else makes the top aquarium list? SeaWorld.
Apparently, our expectations too high.
We thought SeaWorld might have some educational value for Boo and Radley. We were wrong. However, we did learn…
- PETA owns part of SeaWorld…WHAT?
- Orca trainers can’t be in the water with the whales. Instead they (the trainers, not the Orcas because let’s face it, that would have been amazing) dance in one foot of water. And by “dance,” I mean side step.
Just last week an appeal was filed to let trainers back into the water, so we’ll see how that goes.
I wish I had some cool pics to show you of the Orcas, but here’s how all of those pictures look:
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November 20th, 2013 at 8:38 am
Wow. Those orcas are truly magnificent creatures. Stunning.
I’ve been to the aquarium, but never Sea World. Apparently, I’m good.
November 20th, 2013 at 9:16 am
We went to sea world several years ago and had a blast! We petted the sting rays, got drenched at the orca show, and swam with the dolphins at discovery cove. sorry you didn’t enjoy it
November 20th, 2013 at 9:50 am
If we had gotten in the water with the dolphins, that would have been awesome!
November 20th, 2013 at 9:17 am
I am surprised you had a less than satisfactory experience with Sea World. I haven’t been in years but we used to go annually when I was younger and there was always educational and exciting fishy type fun to be had. Then again there was also never any strange bird actors at the dolphin show… Seems times change and not for the best.
November 20th, 2013 at 9:52 am
It was ok. Boo and Radley and their friends had fun on the rides. During the shows, we were expecting some tricks and then some facts about the animals and then more tricks.
We learned nothing about the animals. During the Shamu Show, a video played in the background about keeping the environment clean. Nothing specific to whales like how much they weigh, what their names were, what they eat, how fast they can swim, etc.
November 20th, 2013 at 9:27 am
I’ve never been to a Sea World, but I can vouch for the fact that the Baltimore Aquarium’s dolphin show is top shelf.
November 20th, 2013 at 9:53 am
Apparently, we’re spoiled.
November 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am
Until fairly recently, SeaWorld was owned by Anheuser-Busch. There was an Anheuser-Busch hospitality center toward the back of the park where you could get free samples of beer. We’re talking Dixie cup-sized samples, but they added up.
November 20th, 2013 at 12:16 pm
That ain’t Sea World, but it’s as real as it gets.
November 20th, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Apparently your site ate the fake HTML code I put around that comment explaining it was an obligatory reference.
November 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Have you watched BlackFish? The documentary explains why they aren’t aloud in the water with the Orcas and it should remain that way
November 20th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
I think anyone who thinks about going to an “aquarium” should watch that movie first!
November 20th, 2013 at 2:57 pm
A quick BBC article about poisoning of ocean life–to share with your readers.
November 20th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
I agree, it’s terrible.
November 20th, 2013 at 5:23 pm
I agree as well. BlackFish was a great documentary. Hard to get into watching whales do tricks after that!
November 20th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
I’ve been to Sea World in San Diego. I remember it being pretty cool, but now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I even saw a dolphin when I was there. Then again, I was only 9, so I might not be remembering all the details with perfect clarity.
November 20th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
How dolphins communicate–and what we learn from that.
November 20th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Aww…I LOVE SEAWORLD
Being from Florida, my family had the fun card and went all year long!
November 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am
The Sea World near me has a dog and cat show. With a few other animals like a pig and a parrot. (Talk about random, huh?) Anyway, It’s a really fun show since they train these pets so well. But what do dogs, cats, a pig and a parrot have to do with the sea?? It’s a mystery to me.
November 21st, 2013 at 6:26 am
Urrrhhhhggg I love your blog.
November 22nd, 2013 at 11:13 pm
Seaworld! I haven’t been there since I was a kid, but I do remember seeing dolphins doing stuff. And big whales splashing the audience stuff. And seals doing arfing and stuff. And LOTS of fishy stuff. I don’t remember costumes, make-up or dancing trainers stuff. Dang.
November 23rd, 2013 at 10:52 pm
Ummm PETA owns part!? DA FUQ!!?