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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
7:12 pm - PETA offers to buy Sea World

Forget about freeing just Willy. An animal-rights group says a supporter wants to buy one or more SeaWorlds from the theme parks' soon-to-be new owner so it can free all the animals, even killer whales.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says an undisclosed donor wants to buy at least one SeaWorld park, then free the animals and replace them with virtual-reality or animatronic displays.

"We are very interested in this offer because the intelligent, social animals imprisoned at SeaWorld are . . . denied everything that is natural and important to them -- all in the name of 'entertainment,' " PETA wrote Aug. 14 to Carlos Brito, CEO of InBev NV/SA. Belgium-based InBev, one of the world's largest brewers, is to acquire the SeaWorld parks as part of its $52 billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch Cos.

PETA spokeswoman Lisa Wathne said the Norfolk, Va., group's donor wants to remain anonymous and doesn't want to disclose how much he could pony up. "We don't know how high this donor will go, but he is serious. Whales, dolphins and other marine life are very important to him," she said.

An orca's freedom won't come cheap: Stock analyst Jack Russo of Edward D. Jones & Co. said Busch Entertainment Corp., Anheuser-Busch's Orlando-based theme-park unit, could be worth $5 billion or $6 billion. In 2001, the company sold SeaWorld Ohio for $110 million.

Fred Jacobs, a Busch Entertainment spokesman, said allegations of animal cruelty are unfounded. He termed the offer "a publicity stunt."


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1:28 pm - K-6th grade contest

Contest for 4 free tickets to Sea World, plus Dine with Shamu:


Entry Rules

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
5:01 pm - Busch parks may be sold

Tuesday morning some SeaWorld employees were concerned about their future now that the theme park's owner has been bought out.

Anheuser-Busch owns SeaWorld and industry experts predict the inBev company of Belgium will sell off the parks to pay for their $52 billion purchase of the beer giant.

The news has SeaWorld workers wondering.

"I do wonder, but I'm not concerned. Hopefully my job is secure," said Keyshla Ruiz, a SeaWorld employee.

Last year, the 10 Busch theme parks had more than $1 billion in sales. It's the second largest theme park operator in the country behind Disney.


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4:56 pm - Two belugas born in Texas

Two beluga whale calves are doing well after being born four days apart at SeaWorld San Antonio.

One calf was born Sunday to 9-year-old mother Whisper, and the other was born Thursday to 22-year-old mother Sikku. Neither has been named yet.

The park says the 5-foot-long, 150-pound calves appear to be in good health. They will nurse for about a year before moving on to a diet of solid fish.

Shows are on hold while the new families bond, but visitors can view the mothers and babies.

Pictures at:

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
3:28 pm - Help with Atlantis Seahorse

I'm hoping someone can help me find a photo of the little seahorse that is featured in the "Journey to Atlantis" ride in Orlando. I was recently putting together our vacation album and I thought I had one of him from the gift shop, but no! My son loved that little guy, and so did I, although his name is escaping me. Hermes? Dang, I am bad with names.

I remember there were some nice sculpts of him in the gift shop at the end of the ride, and since there was more light there it was a good place to take a photo. I could have sworn I had, but I can't find it anywhere.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Monday, April 16th, 2007
1:32 pm - Taima had a new calf!

Born March 12, Taima had a new calf.

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Birth of Taima's Calf 03-12-07

she's doing well, and is a very active baby. Tai's being nice to her calf so far.

12 T-Calf 04-14-07

current mood: happy

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006
4:01 pm - Official SeaWorld Ambassadors Pete and Penny


i thought this was really cute, click here if the video doesn't play for you


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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
8:28 pm - SeaWorld Ohio

Does anyone have any photos of Sea World Ohio? I used to go there everyone summer until it closed down in 2001. Also, I used to know one of the trainers there named Jim Nemit and lost contact with him after the SeaWorld closure. Has anyone from this group run into him at any of the SeaWorlds. Last I heard he worked in Shamu Stadium.

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Sunday, March 12th, 2006
9:21 pm - New Dolphin Photos

Finally, the photos from my recent Orlando trip are up. The Seaworld Dolphins were very generous with themselves this visit. Here is a link to the galleries:




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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
3:40 am

Hmmm... okay, this might not be the right place to post this but I did not find any other community I could ask that question, so here I go. (If this absolutley does not belong here, feel free to erase.)

I was at Sea World Orland on Saturday, February 18. and there I met this unbelievably gorgeous girl working at 'The Oyster's Secret' that day. Long blond hair, dreamy green eyes... Unfortunately I was too shy to talk to her. Shortly after me getting all my courage together and finally wanting to talk to her she went on a break and another girl took over. DAMN...

So, I was wondering. Does anyone know her? Or know how I could get in contact with her? Please help me out here guys!!

Shamu rocks!!

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
11:00 am - swim test

So what is the swim test for people applying for trainer jobs/lifeguarding/etc? Has anyone taken it? What do they make you do?

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Monday, November 28th, 2005
8:33 am

For those of you who don't know, SeaWorld Orlando just had a baby whale born the day before Thanksgiving. It was born from a 7foot long mama named something with a K...lol. They don't know the gender yet so they haven't named it. Right now, it's still in the Tank A, which is the performance pool, with it's mom, which is causing trouble for the show schedule. There were no Shamu shows this weekend, which caused problems with a lot of guests, but there were "baby presentations" where guests could take pictures of the baby. They can't the baby back into the other pool until he is coordinated enough to swim through the gate, so they're hoping by today or sometime this week.
Apparently, there was a bit of an argument between the trainers and the animal care techs about the birth date of the baby. The trainers said that it would be born now, the end of November but the animal care techs said that the birthate would be around January or February. Everyone listened to the animal care people but now those people are in trouble because the whale birth is screwing up all of the Christmas shows.

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
10:46 pm

hey guys...i really didnt know where else to post this....but i saw that there was an earlier post about the new otter and sea lion show at sea world in san diego. well i LOVED the show! it was really funny actually and i could tell the rest of the audience loved it! well if anyone else has seen it.... i was wondering if anyone knows who played the janitor for the first scene and who later played the "CAZADOR" who was the captain of the submarine?!?!?!?!

a picture of him is here...hes on the far left with the fake mustache! lol! and seamore the sea lion is in the moddle! how cute!

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i hope the cut worked! my fingers are crossed!thanks for your help guys!

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
10:30 am - Marine Animal Keeper Program at Orlando SeaWorld

Tried to send this to you via your mail but the only one I could find bounced. *pout*

Anyway - I participated in the Marine Animal Keeper Program at the Orlando SeaWorld last week and would love to share my experience if that would be allowed.


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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
12:32 am

I"m sorry this isn"t news but I couldn"t find any other community to post this in...I tried, I swearCollapse )

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Saturday, May 14th, 2005
9:15 am - Sea World Florida releases turtle

In the back of the white van, the young loggerhead started thrashing his flippers as soon as he got a whiff of ocean air. After four months, two surgeries and tube feedings, he knew he was going home.

Back in January this never seemed possible. Three Boynton Beach lifeguards spotted the turtle, lolling grotesquely on his side, just off Oceanfront Park. Tom Mahady, David Saunders and chief lifeguard John Bebensee launched a Jet Ski rescue and hauled the turtle back to shore.

Mahady held on to the loggerhead using an improvised cross-chest carry on a small trailer behind the Jet Ski.

The loggerhead was swollen, covered with barnacles, exhausted, near death. Still, the lifeguards had to restrain it from struggling back into the sea.

Within an hour, a state wildlife officer took the severely injured animal to SeaWorld in Orlando, which treats 40 to 50 turtles each year. The program is paid for by Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld's parent company.

Jenny Albert, an assistant supervisor at SeaWorld, determined that the turtle had swallowed a 2-inch fishing hook and yards of fishing line. The hook poked a hole through the turtle's esophagus and the fishing line wrapped around his intestines. He was ridden with infections from his injuries.

Albert was pleased by the speed of his recovery. Six months is a more likely time period; plenty in his condition don't make it at all.

The young loggerhead, which is about 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, plumped up nicely in SeaWorld's care from 85 pounds to 100.

Though they try not to name animals, he somehow got the nickname Hook. They call him "he," even though they did not determine his gender, which cannot be known without surgery and does not become apparent until the turtle grows larger and males develop a distinctive oversized tail.

His age, based on observation, is under 20 years. His potential life span could be 100 years, offering many chances to reproduce.

Loggerheads are the most commonly spotted turtles on the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Thousands of females nest onshore in the Southeastern United States in the summer.

But they are classified as a threatened species and protected by state and federal law.

Hook now wears two numbered tags so naturalists can identify him next time he turns up.

A small knot of well-wishers, television cameramen and city workers closed in around the van as two SeaWorld workers brought the turtle out. The turtle responded to the attention by urinating vigorously, a common reaction to being handled.

"We're lucky that's all he did," said Albert, the SeaWorld supervisor.

After a pause, the SeaWorld crew wrapped the loggerhead in an improvised soft carrying case and lugged him down to the shore.

When they freed him from his nylon swaddling, he lumbered into the surf and headed southeast, exactly as released sea turtles are supposed to do.

"He's going for it, he's happy," one of the spectators said.

In the cosmic scheme of things, it's not just one turtle. It's the future of his kind, Albert said.

"So many are not making it, so many are washing up on the shore, it's nice to get one back out there."

Pictures: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2005/05/13/s1b_turtle_0513.html

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005
2:10 am - Orca dies in San Diego

An epileptic killer whale died at SeaWorld, park officials said Wednesday.

Splash became ill last week and died Tuesday at the San Diego theme park, SeaWorld public affairs officials said.

The 15-year-old male orca suffered from epilepsy and was given medication daily, park officials said. Last week, Splash's health began to deteriorate and his appetite dropped.

Results from a necropsy performed Tuesday won't be known for several weeks, park officials said.

The last killer whale to die at SeaWorld was a 25-year-old female named Bjossa who succumbed to a lung infection in October 2001.

Born in captivity at a Canadian marine park in 1989, Splash had been at SeaWorld since 1992.


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Thursday, January 13th, 2005
10:43 pm - Kasatka's New Calf is a Girl!

From http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/4077525/detail.html
(cute photos at the site!)

It's A Girl! Says SeaWorld
Calf Is 3 Weeks Old

POSTED: 6:02 pm PST January 12, 2005
UPDATED: 6:37 pm PST January 12, 2005

SAN DIEGO -- The newest member of the Sea World killer whale family is female.

The newborn calf took a swim with her mom at Shamu Stadium on Wednesday. The calf's gender was not known until a geneticist in Oregon recently confirmed it.

The calf, which is still nameless, was 23 days old on Wednesday. She now weighs about 300 pounds and is 6 to 7 feet long.

SeaWorld veterinarians say both the baby and its mother are doing well.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
2:15 pm - Another baby Shamu =)

(My personal note - It's a girl!)


WHAT: SeaWorld San Diego is proud to announce the birth of a baby killer whale, born at approximately 9:22 a.m. Dec. 21, 2004. Kasatka, a 28-year-old killer whale, gave birth to a healthy-looking calf at Shamu Stadium, under the watchful eyes of SeaWorld’s zoological team members. The birth marks the fifth killer whale to be born at SeaWorld San Diego and the 19th born in the SeaWorld family of parks.

WHERE: Shamu Stadium

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004

DETAILS: After a nearly 18-month gestation, Kasatka’s calf, estimated to weigh between 300 and 350 pounds and measure between 6 to 7 feet, was born in Shamu Stadium’s main show pool following a little more than two hours of labor. Moments later, the baby whale instinctively swam to the water’s surface to take its first breath. The park’s zoological team members report the mother and baby appear to be healthy, but as with any newborn, the first few days are critical. The calf’s sex is yet to be determined.
The newborn, which brings the park’s killer whale population to eight, is the result of natural breeding (the recent two births at SeaWorld San Diego were a result of artificial insemination). The sire of the calf will be determined once a blood sample can be obtained from the calf.

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Friday, December 17th, 2004
10:30 pm - Christmas at Sea World Florida

There’s an all-new holiday tradition at SeaWorld, now through Jan. 2.

The Christmas at SeaWorld additions include a special yuletide Shamu night show, a new holiday fountain spectacular show, holiday shopping and dining, and performances from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christmas at SeaWorld highlights include:

Shamu’s Christmas: A Child’s Wish — Killer whales and trainers get together for a special holiday night show. A live choir and musicians provide the backdrop for this story of a young child’s Christmas wish to meet Shamu. Following each performance, the choir will lead guests out with a candlelight procession. Nightly through Dec. 30.

Christmastide Holiday Fountain Show — The Waterfront is the gathering place to witness this holiday fountain show emanating from the park’s lake each evening. The giant streams of water dance in unison to lively Christmas music. Nightly through Dec. 25.

Festivities at The Waterfront – The festivities include nightly snow flurries, carolers and a chance for kids to meet Santa.

Holiday by the Bay featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra — More than 80 professional musicians from around the globe fill the SeaWorld night with orchestral renditions of traditional holiday classics. Vocals by Danielle White, 2003 American Junior Winner, and SeaWorld’s Holiday Youth Choir accompany the orchestra at the park’s Bayside Stadium. Nightly Dec. 26 - 30 and Jan 1-2.

Mistify” — “Mistify,” the largest, most spectacular finale in the park’s history, returns for a special weeklong engagement Dec. 26 - 30 and Jan. 1-2. The fireworks display features larger than life marine creatures, 100-foot fountains and more.

New Year’s Eve — Music throughout The Waterfront, where a live band performs today’s hits in anticipation of 2005. There will also be two fireworks shows, the second at the stroke of midnight, ringing in the New Year.

Christmas at SeaWorld and New Year’s Eve are included with park admission. For more information guests can visit www.SeaWorld.com or call 1-800-327-2420.


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