Sea World Whales

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Killer Whales

The Killer Whale also known as Orca's is by far the most beautiful mammal on this planet. They hold so much physical power, but yet they are more gentle than most dog's. The Killer Whale is the largest species of the dolphin family and can be found in all the oceans.

They mainly feed on fish, however they do eat bigger things such as, seals, walruses, sea lions and can you believe in some incidences they have been known to hunt sharks and other large whales.

Killer Whales are very sophisticated, living in a social world, and with their mastered vocal behavior along with their maternal ancestor history they are considered to be a culture. Imagine that !!!

The males can reach a length of 19 to 26 feet long and weigh around 6 tons , while the females are smaller, averging about 16 - 23 feet long and only 3 -4 tons . I would also like to mention the males dorsal fin is a whopping 6 foot tall !!! What's really neat about their dorsal fin's is that each one has it's own "finger prints" so to speak, because of all the variety of scratches, marks and scars. In fact researchers have compiled photo's into catalogues and have been able to name them and show the family history.

Orca The Killer Whale

Because Killer Whale's are so intelligent their training-ability is fairly easy and with their playful manner and striking feature's, It makes them a popular exhibit at aquariums and aquatic theme parks.

Unfortunately accidents do happen, and truth is, a whale is a wild animal and when ever one works with Any wild animal they are risking thier lives. I admire anyone who works with these Amazing mammals, they are the teachers of the world, my kids have learned more in one day on an outing to SeaWorld, than a years worth of animal science classes.

Why We Love Shamu the Killer Whale,...

I think we all cannot deny, that these amazing creatures holds some sort of magic, as they can keep us almost hypnotized by the wonders of their abilities, characteristics and adorable faces.  They swim and jump with so much power, but yet, graceful.  gentle, playful and sometimes silly as Shamu splashes water at the kids near the edge of his tank.  I remember one day being that kid sitting in that seat,.. One of the best and most life inspiring moments I had ever had.

Place of Inspiration

I hope you enjoy the following video as much as I did,.. Nice to revisit the places that inspired us as individuals so profoundly.  Here is Shamu and his friends, preforming the "We Bielive Show"

History,....

Four graduates of UCLA, Milton C. Shedd, David Demott, George Millay and Ken Norris had planned on building a underground restaurant with a marine life show. When they realized how unfeasible the restaurant idea was, they decided to simply build a park instead. March 21,1964 with only a few dolphins and sea lions, on 22 acres and 6 attractions SeaWorld San Diego was born. Later they captured a few more species including a Orca and opened a new location in Aurora, Ohio. The Ohio site was very difficult to maintain due to it's cold winter's. In 1973 SeaWorld Orlanda had opened and later was referred to "the theme park mecca of the world". (HBR) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich purchased the company in 1976 and headed for Texas and just outside of San Antonia in 1988 another SeaWorld was opened. Due to stress and financial resources it took to maintain the parks, HBR decided to sell instead of facing bankruptcy. Anheuser-Busch bought all the parks in 1989.

Locations,.....

Everybody goes to SeaWorld with much anticapation to see the Killer Whale's, however it also provide's a lot of fun exstra's. Currently Sea World houses 20 Orca's with in it's three parks and they live in 7 million-gallon habitats they call Shamu Stadium. Shamu is the official mascott, for he was the first to be brought to Sea World San Diego back in 60's. All these Orca's have their own name, however they take on the stage name, Shamu when performing.

Seaworld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is where it all started. It took 1.5 million dollars, 22 acres, 45 employee's and some dolphins and sea lion's it welcomed more than 400,000 visitors the first year. It has many attractions besides the great Shamu shows such as, the Journey to Atlantis, Dolphin Interaction Program that takes place at the Rocky Point Preserve. It has over 300 penguins in it's exhibit, and they also have 2 pilot whale's named Bubbles and 9Lives. You can ride a 320 foot high Sky Tower and get an Awesome view of the park, or flow through a live turtle exhibit on the Shipwreck Rapids.

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando - This park is a little different from the rest it is not divided up like the others however it has areas within it, such as, Key West, where you'll find the sea turtles, stingrays, manatees, alligators and the dolphins. Other area's include, the Shamu's Happy Harbor a kid's place to play with rides and The Waterfront resembles a seaside Mediterranean village and contains shops and restaurants. For beer and horse lovers you can visit the Clydesdale Hamlet where you can visit the stables and see the Clydesdale horses and get a lesson on how they make their beer. It has the thrill rides and animal exhibits, including a underwater tunnel for a shark encounter and get close and personal with the dolphins for a hands on experience. They have the Polar Bear Express and other fantastic shows.

SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio is the largest of the three parks. It is 250-acres and is located in the Westover Hills area of San Antonio, Texas. The park was built with 170 million dollars and opened in 1988, with in the first year it had over 3 million visitor's. It has thrill rides, such as the Steel Eel, the first and only hypercoaster in Texas, this bad boy reaches speed close to 70mph. Children rides, Shamu Express - a family roller coaster themed to the park's signature killer whale. The killer whale-themed cars zip along 67 miles of track at 14 mph. Shows and exhibits, "Believe" is a new show that is visibly stunning, filled with Orca's, Acrobatics and live underwater video projection. Dolphin Cove has the popular bottlenose dolphins and staff on hand to educate, guests can interact with the dolphins and feed fish to the animals.

 

Reader's Want To Know,...

Which Sea World are you most likely to visit ?

  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Seaworld San Diego
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Helen Cater 6 years ago from UK

I have been to a few seaworld centres over the world and always love the whales but feel sad to see them in such surroundings. Great hub.


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Animal World 6 years ago Author

They are always nicer to see in their own environment however these parks sure can open a whole new world for kid's to see.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Lovely Hub. I like Sealife. Hope I can swim with dolphins one day. :)


Crazdwriter 6 years ago

Ah good ol' Sea World one of the fun places to go especially to see Shamu in the summer and fet all wet LMAO. Great first hub. I see your name means that you are an animal lover so you and I shall get along great. :-)


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Animal World 6 years ago Author

Lady E - Oh me too,..Wish I could fit one in my pool,...LOL

Crazdwriter - I'm sure we'll get along,..anyone who loves animals can't be so bad,..LOL.


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RedSonja94 6 years ago from Michigan

I've been to SeaWorld in Ohio. Is it still there or have they closed it down? I would love to take my kids back there.


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jadecircles 6 years ago from USA

nice hub.. I've been to Seaworld in Florida.


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Animal World 6 years ago Author

RedSonja94 - Nope Seawolrd in Ohio closed it's door in September of 2007. A water park called Wildwater Kingdom has replaced it.

jadecircles - I have not been to the one in Florida yet either,...Hence the Yet part. LOL.


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Carmen Borthwick 6 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Great hub, I've been to San Diego; didn't have time for SeaWorld Orlando and didn't know there was one in San Antonio. Well done.


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Animal World 6 years ago Author

Carmen Borthwick - The pilot whales are something to see in San Diego,...just delightful creatures they are,..LOL. I'm glad I was able to help you discover another one, if you ever go, be sure to share the pics !!!

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