Monday, 1 February 2016

Seaworld Review

Pretty much everyone has seen Blackfish haven't they? With this in mind this visit really wasn't something we planned on doing while on our trip to Seaworld. However, things have seriously changed since I last went 16 years ago!

Seaworld 2016 Review
So a bit of a last min decision turned into us going to Seaworld. We went on a day it was seriously cold and windy so the park was pretty much empty!


We knew we wanted to see what all the fuss was about, how can Disney have fish and animals and that be okay but Seaworld is this massive no no? Personally now it's all changed I'm not entirely convinced it's as bad as everyone makes out.

Yes, there are Dolphins and Killer Whales in shows and obviously an animal such as that shouldn't be in captivity but what's the difference between this and Disney having a safari you get to drive through?



While we were there we did do the shows. First up was the Seal and Otter show which was amazing. It was high school themed with the seals Clyde and Seamore needing to complete a few more classes to be able to graduate to University. Not only did we get to see some amazing tricks but we were also given an insight into how the trainers actually train the seals, the rewards they get and the bonds they have with their trainers.



We then went on to see the Killer Whale show the now re-named One Ocean. Again not only did we get to see some incredible tricks such as waving, jumping and splashing the crowd but they also shared how they train the whales, the bonds they have with their trainers and a bit about the care and environment in which they're kept.


Unlike last time I saw Shamu rocks America, the trainers are no longer allowed in the water with the animals and have to have a physical barrier between them at all times. The trainers came across as genuinely caring people who loved the animals.


Finally we saw the Dolphin show which probably was the highlight show. 6 gorgeous Dolphins, parrots and their awesome trainers in a truly awesome show. Again, like the other two shows the trainers shared their passion for the Dolphins, their care and how times have changed since Blackfish came out.


We then went on to check out other parts of the park such as the Antarctic where we got to see Walruses and Dolphin Cove where I got to tick another thing off my bucket list and actually stroke a Dolphin.


All in all we had a brilliant day at Seaworld. The trainers are extremely passionate, caring and willing to answer all and every question you might have to answer. I understand some people are totally against the idea but things have honestly changed so much since my last visit. Again I bring up the question how can you be okay with Disney having Sea Turtles, Sharks and Manatee but not okay with a park dedicated to aquatic animals?

Have you been to Seaworld? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Until next time,
Becca
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8 comments

  1. I've not been before but will be heading there in October. Can't wait :)

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    1. Your going to adore it! Let me know when your posts go live!
      Becca
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  2. I've been to Loro Parque in Tenerife, and that's essentially the same as Seaworld. I'm ok with the Seal and Dolphin shows, but I am super against the Orca shows, there are plenty of studies that show that they should not be in captivity. I can't see it changing any time soon though!

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  3. It's all about orca's life span in regards to being kept in captivity. Animals in safaris/zoos don't tend to have a different life span because they're in an environment that's pretty much the same as their natural one. Orcas are meant to swim miles each day, but can't when they're trapped in whats basically a bath tub for them!

    I would love to go to Seaworld but just for the dolphins haha.

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  4. I've been to Loro Parque in Tenerife, like AlyssiaRose, which is very similar to Sea World. I also went to Zoo Marine in Portugal (I think.) We got to see a Seal and Dolphins show there and it was great. I always feel conflicted because I think that, no matter how good conditions might be in these parks, they can't make up for their natural habitat. Nonetheless, I do love seeing these magnificent creatures up close and personal, so to speak. Seaworld will be a must when the OH and me eventually get to go to Florida! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. I felt very much the same. I was utterly amazed and getting to stroke a Dolphin was the highlight of my holiday but sad because they are in captivity! It's deffo one you need to go and check out when you go!
      Becca
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  5. I've not seen Blackfish, when I posted photos on instagram of my trip to seaword I had loads of backlash about it! I didn't realise it had such a bad reputation. Going there, I found it hard to believe that the animals weren't treated well because the trainers seemed really passionate about the animals. I loved the sea lion show and the dolphin show was amazing! Anyway, here's my post about my trip if you want to read: http://skinnedcartree.com/2014/06/seaworld-orlando-florida-html.html

    Corinne x
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  6. Lovely post and pictures! I went to Seaworld a few years ago and had such an amazing time!!! Oh and I loved going into the arctic area where they had the polar bears! It really is a phenomenal place--now I want to go back!

    R'Nelle CyRe'
    rnellesclassicreations.com

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