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!
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,