SeaWorld’s animal rescue team traveled to Three Sisters Island, in Volusia County, Florida yesterday afternoon to rescue a stranded newborn dolphin calf. The calf was found stranded in shallow waters under a mangrove. [Read more…]
The Travel Channel will soon be featuring Busch Gardens Tampa’s Sheikra and Montu along with SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta and Kraken thrill rides in a series about the best roller coasters in the U.S entitled Insane Coaster Wars. They’re inviting thrill-seekers to settle the battle once and for all and find the best of the best coasters in the U.S. [Read more…]
Within the next year, the 10 theme parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will be going green by eliminating plastic shopping bags and replacing them with paper shopping bags. [Read more…]
Just as SeaWorld’s newest attraction, TurleTrek, a 3D 360 experience, opens this Friday, their designers and marketing execs have revealed more details about the park’s 2013 new attraction and its largest-ever expansion, Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin. [Read more…]
The annual Viva la Música is back at both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. The fiesta takes place at SeaWorld on Saturdays and Busch Gardens on Sundays through May 6, 2012. [Read more…]
Join the fiesta at SeaWorld on Saturdays and Busch Gardens on Sundays from April 14 through May 6, 2012. Viva la Música brings together award-winning Latin artists, authentic arts and crafts and Latin cuisine. [Read more…]
We visited SeaWorld Orlando this past weekend during their Bands Brew and BBQ event. Here’s an update on the event, some construction projects and other things that caught our eye. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Orlando is giving back to Florida teachers by offering a complimentary “Teacher Study Pass” to all active and certified K-12 teachers. It’s a free 2012 Fun Card giving them unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando through 2012 with no blackout dates. [Read more…]
Early this morning, SeaWorld’s animal experts and rescue team transported a young pilot whale to the park’s new Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility. The 9-foot, nearly 600-pound whale was being cared for in Key Largo, Fla., by SeaWorld staff and other volunteers after it and 20 other pilot whales beached themselves in the lower Florida Keys in early May. [Read more…]
Discovery Cove has started a new large expansion that will be completed in June 2011. The Grand Reef will feature multiple levels of exploration. Guests can roam shallow waters, or swim, snorkel or helmet dive among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world. Or they can just relax in one of the hammocks on the white sandy beach. [Read more…]
Now through December 31, 2010, with each full-paid, SeaWorld single-day, adult admission purchased online, any child age 12 and under gets a $5 admission, all of which goes to fund non-profit wildlife organizations. Families even can choose which wildlife conservation effort receives their donation.
Families will be able to take advantage of this special offer as his SeaWorld AfterDark returns. SeaWorld AfterDark showcases the park in a whole new light, with a nighttime
rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza, a high-energy Shamu show, a hilarious sea lion show and a mystifying fireworks finale. SeaWorld AfterDark begins May 29 and continues through Aug. 15.
“We know the economy’s been tough for everyone, but more than ever before, everyone needs to spend time together,” Atchison said. “We think families also will have fun deciding which wildlife conservation project gets their donation, too. It’s a wonderful way for kids to learn about the work that goes on to save animals in the wild.”
For details on this offer and to buy tickets, go to SeaWorldCares.com.
Following the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando who was pulled under water and drown by SeaWorld’s largest killer whale, Tilikum, the park suspended the Believe shows and Dine With Shamu experience at all of their parks. But today they announced the shows will go on.
Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment held a press conference today to announce the Believe killer whale show will resume tomorrow, but without any of the trainers entering the water. As you can see in the video below of a Believe show from one month ago, the show will be very different without those human-animal interactions. Atchison also said the Dine With Shamu experience would also likely resume early next week.
“Regarding our preliminary findings in the investigation of Wednesday’s incident,” Atchison said, “we have initiated a thorough review of all of the procedures that guide our interactions with killer whales, and we have invited several colleagues from other marine mammal facilities to be part of that review.
“We will only resume in-water interactions with our killer whales after that review is complete and we have implemented any changes in procedure we feel will assure the safety of our training staff.”
He also stated that Tilikum will not be subject to any sort of punishment. “… we provide the highest standard of care, and no animal is ever subjected to punishment in any form. Tilikum is no exception. … He will remain an active member of our team.”
SeaWorld is in the process of creating, with Dawn’s family, the Dawn Brancheau Memorial Fund – a trust that will support children’s charities. Those who would like to contribute can send donations to:
Dawn Brancheau Memorial Fund
c/o U.S. Bank
P.O. Box 809231
Chicago, IL 60680-9231
Here are highlights from the Jan. 23, 2010 Believe show.
An interview with Chuck Tompkins, SeaWorld’s head of animal training, with some clips of Dawn at work. The first Believe show at SeaWorld tomorrow (11 a.m.) will also include a video tribute to Dawn.
Larry credits a previous visit to SeaWorld for being able to answer the $200,000 question about penguins on the television show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” His question was, “do penguins have feathers?”
He spent the rest of the day at the park with his family.