SeaWorld was not on the top of my agenda for our Orlando trip.
However it was free, and I’ve often thought of Disney World, Universal Studios & SeaWorld to be a trifecta of sorts. When I was a kid, I was whale and shark-obsessed. I actually still am, but after seeing 13 whales while whale watching off the California coast, the obsession somewhat melted away. Having seen 50 or so moose in my life, I’m not sure why that fascination won’t budge but I’m NOT arguing with it. It’s strange but it feels really nice to have a thing, or things, that make your heart beat faster at the mere thought. And it’s sad to lose those heart-beating parts of life. A blue whale is still high on my bucket list.
So is swimming with dolphins. I had a chance once, but I chickened out. I stayed to the side and took photos.
Like I do, so much in life. Swimming with these “non-human persons,” as India says, would be wonderful. I’d love to do it in their natural habitat, though. I haven’t seen Blackfish and I’m not authorized in any way to comment on what kind of life is better for these animals. I have my doubts that a theme park is it but.. going there was a free gift and it was about the kids.
When I was a kid, I was taken to Miami Seaquarium. It wasn’t the same. No bottlenose dolphins. No sharks.
I finally went to SeaWorld at 19. It was so hot and humid that I wanted to pass out. I sat in the front row of the splash deck and let “Shamu” splash me with his (her) whole body and soul.
At 23, I stopped into Orlando on a random trip to Key West and we wandered into SeaWorld like it was nothing.
And now, I went again at 33.
I’m going to let my photos tell my story now because I feel horrible and I was up late last night playing Cards Against Humanity at a fabulous party, and that was all decidedly un-horrible, but this morning had a rough start. Not enough penguins, I say!
And my morning didn’t have any shark tunnels.
Obviously the people watching was fun too.
I was so fascinated by these hands in the water. They’d try to touch dolphins, but often pull their hands away at the last moment. They wanted to do it, but then got scared.
This one may have come close. There may have been contact.
Then there was my favorite exhibit of all..
What’s your favorite exhibit at the aquarium? And the Des Fish is a totally valid answer.