Sea World

5 01 2012

Yair and I were gifted two tickets to Sea World this past week (normally $73 each plus parking), and what a treat it was!  It was our first time visiting an amusement park together and there were incredible wildlife exhibits and super entertaining shows.

I initially felt uncomfortable with the visit and the shows because I didn’t have an understanding of how the animals were trained and treated.  I still don’t consider myself an expert on the subject, but – after extensive google searching and after conversations with the animal trainers – I felt more comfortable.

Pre-Sea World... Ayo Preparing To Combat The Sun

Pre-Sea World... Ayo Preparing To Combat The Sun

Even if Sea World is a commercial enterprise like any other, the trainers genuinely care about the animals, the staff need to train for years before being allowed to work with the larger animals, only positive reinforcement is used during training and many of the animals would have no chance at survival in the wild.  Further, the conditions seemed to be decent and not at all comparable to the cruel treatment of many circus animals.  Also, a lot of important environmental education is presented at the park and Sea World takes on conservation and rescue work of its own.

With many of my concerns laid aside, Yair and I thoroughly enjoyed the new Shamu show, a cirque-de-soleil style dolphin show, a hilarious SNL-style seal skit and many of the other interactive rides and exhibits.  Thanks to Ruthie and Shea for the tickets, and check out the 51-second video and slideshow below for some of the highlights!

 

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4 responses

5 01 2012
roamingbarbara

Like you, I am not wild about zoos. No matter what, it’s still a cage. But more and more places are keeping wounded animals and I’m all for that. That being said, I loved the penguins at Sea World. What a treat!

16 01 2012
ayo

Indeed! A close friend of mine is an actor in LA and was almost able to get us a (free) VIP tour of the San Diego zoo and wild animal park, complete with a meet-and-greet with the cheetahs. As long as the animals are being treated right, VERY high on the cool factor.

He had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict, but hopefully next time! 🙂

6 01 2012
Brenda A.

Hello! Hey you mentioned you would be in the Tucson area later this month I think. Just wanted to make sure you two know we would absolutely love to meet up with you when you make it here. Let us know when. We’ll make it happen. 🙂

16 01 2012
ayo

Yes, yes! In Tucson from around January 24th through January 30th or so. Let’s make a date? Shoot me an e-mail at LadyAyo@gmail.com 🙂

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