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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sea World

Today we went to probably my favorite place to take Abby {and Micah too now} Sea World! Despite the tragedy that occurred this week we were excited to go visit this weekend for the opening weekend of the park. We skipped getting passes and visiting last summer with being very pregnant/having a newborn or being out of town for a large part of the summer. We tried to start with a wild animal show but that didn't keep either kids attention so we decided to go visit the penguins. We got that at a perfect time because we got to get up close to one of the birds - the particular variety lives in South America so he didn't need to be in a cold weather climate. 
There were many young penguins in the exhibit as well that had hatched over the couple months that the park closes in the winter and there were some even younger babies that we got to see the keepers hand feeding them the fish. Abby was more impressed with the puffin exhibit because she could see them swimming and diving better than the penguin exhibit plus they were a little more active. 
We then saw the seals and sea lions. We even got to see some guest participating in the Sea Lion Interaction program - something that they hadn't been doing the last year we were there because they had some sea lions in California that they were rehabbing in that pool that have now joined the rest in the main sea lion pool. The biggest  sea lion they rehabbed was/is very vocal and easy to pick out because he is so much bigger. Those rehabbed animals were caught and removed from their habitat because the fisherman were angry they were eating all the fish in the area they lived.

We had some time to wait before the new whale and dolphin show Azul so we let Abby play in Shamu's Happy Harbor. She did great at climbing the net all by herself. She even went through the tunnels some.

Finally it was time for Azul. The official first show is on March 12th so this was just a big dress rehearsal so they said they weren't going to do everything or may have to stop the show. I'm not sure what they might have left out because it was fantastic and they didn't have to stop the show at all. I really enjoyed Azul more than Viva. They seemed to do more with the animals. They even had a mom and baby Beluga participate in the show together. 
They incorporated some birds into the show as well and Abby got to see one on the way in to the stadium.

Abby really seemed to enjoy the show. She would clap for everything and would also do arm movements like the trainers were doing. 
What a great family day we had! I already can't wait for our next trip! They are having a Sesame Street show come a couple weekends in March and April so I think we'll try to make it back one of those days for that. 

The only disappointment of the day was the because Anheiser-Bush  was bought out two years ago the Belgian (?) company that bought them didn't want the Sea World parks so there are no more Clydesdales there anymore! We were so sad not to see the beautiful horses! 

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2 comments:

Christine said...

Totally jealous!!!

I grew up in a landlocked state and have only been to Sea World once, and it was only halfway open because we were there for a special event.

I would love to visit one again.

You've made me want to go down to Monterey again, though.

Christine said...

Totally jealous!!!

I grew up in a landlocked state and have only been to Sea World once, and it was only halfway open because we were there for a special event.

I would love to visit one again.

You've made me want to go down to Monterey again, though.