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We got there soon after it opened and there in the courtyard as you walked in was Shamu himself to greet the kids.
Nearby it was feeding time for the sea lions. Here you were able to buy small cardboard containers of fish to drop to the sea lions below. I thought this would be very interesting and my daughters shared my excitement.
We decided to sit down and watch a show next. SeaWorld always has some sort of sea lion show. In 1987 it was called â€śPirates of the Pinnipedâ€ť Sea lions are pinnipeds. This year they had the same show title, but the show was different enough to be fresh to me. Jessi and never seen it, and Jolene if she remembered, didnâ€™t care. But the trainers put the animals through their paces, with plenty of sight gags, and humor. The walrus got into the act towards the end and squirted the crowd. And there were river otters that would appear at times. In the show they were â€śbilge ratsâ€ť. It was all good fun, and we all enjoyed it.
We ate not long after that and then went to Penguin Encounter. Here you got on a moving walkway, like at the airport and it took you through the very air conditioned building to view tons of penguins. It was interesting to see the various species and in different area, but it was over pretty quick. The part that everyone commented on was the temperature. It was down right cold in there. But, as it was to keep the penguins comfortable and not us, what could we complain about. Plus after walking around in the sun for a few minutes we started to miss it.
Next it was off to the dolphin show. This one is my least favorite. The dolphins are beautiful and majestic looking, but they seem less entertaining. I guess sea lions are more pet-like, (which is probably sacrilegious to environmentalists) but their interaction with their trainers is just more fun. Even when they donâ€™t do what they are supposed to in the show, it is funny. But the dolphins swam and jumped, and jumped and swam, and their trainers played, and then two of them did high jumps. The second one was very impressive. He was easily 15 ft out of the water, maybe as much as 25. It was hard to tell. Then it was done.
We had not seen Shamu yet. Not the real one anyway, so that is where we headed, Shamu Stadium to see the headliner. Shamu, as everyone knows is a killer whale. Yes, I know people call them orcas now, but I gave up PC for lent. I grew up calling them killer whales, so sue me. Anyway, Shamu isnâ€™t like watching the dolphins, because he is so big. You just see so much power in what he/she does. They had him swim very fast around the perimeter of the pool, and he just churned the water everywhere. And then, of course there is the part where Shamu does the killer whale belly flop and splashes the crowd. We got seats in the upper rows of the Splash Zone, so we all got wet, but no one got soaked. It was entertaining and we had a good time.
We had about done everything. The kids got to play a little at some of the rides, and then we went up on the
That was pretty much it for the day. Then it was back to Dennisâ€™ to unwind a bit, and then back to the hotel for a good night's sleep. Tomorrow we would be going home.