Standing in line...what you do the most of at a theme park.
View from the top. Shamu Stadium and Dolphin Point.
Blue Horizon Stadium
Shamu Stadium: One Ocean show
This was the best show we watched that day. The whales were amazing. They knew their routine perfectly, where to go, what to do, and when to do it. Anytime they would finish a routine, they would swim back to their trainers, get fish/snacks and go back and do more. They were like little children that are trying to please their parents by doing something amazing, running back to their parents to get an approving smile or clap of the hands and go back to play. It was so cute.
Look at the size of that thing!
He was waving his fins saying goodbye to everyone at the end of the show. Too cute!!
My first time touching a dolphin.
I was such a little kid...so giddy with excitement...standing in line as if I'm 5 years old, making everyone wait for me, while I waited my turn to touch the dolphin. I'm sure everyone thought I was nuts. I have to say though, It was AWESOME! I wanted to just jump in there and hug him, but really couldn't embarass myself anymore. It was an amazing feeling though. Their skin is so soft and cool and when you're around them, you have no other care in the world.
Blue Horizon show
The dolphins were worse than the whales. The middle group of people were repeatedly soaked...it was hilarious.
Cirque de la Mer. One of the stupidest shows I'd ever seen. Ok, the acrobatics were great, but really, this is an animal theme park...I want to see animals, not humans acting like animals.
The pole climbers were really cool though.
Four eyed fish, Anableps anableps. They have eyes that see above and below the water. Amazing little things.
Polka dots :) My kinda fish ;)
Hi :) you're cute!
Piranhas. Haha...you can't eat me, I'm behind a glass!
Sea Lions LIVE: this show was basically a spoof of all the other shows in the theme park, pretty cute and funny, but at times lame. The sea lion and trainer were pretending to be riding the Manta roller coaster.
Beautiful pink Flamingos!
Sleepy time for the otters :)
We went out of the park to break our fast and eat some dinner.
Picnic in the parking lot :) so Persian!
Skytower at night.
Next on the list: Shark Tank!
Mr. Polar Bear :) So cool to see one up close. His fur was shiny and would glitter in the light. He was beautiful. If I could only give him a hug, I would have.
It was so cold in the arctic exhibit where the bears, walrus' and beluga whales were. This wall was literally a sheet of cold, wet, ice.
Belluga whales...mating again...what is with this species?
Midnight snack, yay for Yougurtland!
I have to say, as much fun as it was to see all the animals, as with all theme parks, they seem to be more geared towards kids under the age of 12. The shows were a bit cheesy and boring at times (except for the whales) and a lot of the attractions were more for children. The exhibits with all the fish, bears, and whales were more my thing, but by the time we got around to seeing them all, most of them were sleeping :) Next time I go, I'm going to pay the extra money to actually get in the water with some of the animals, like the dolphins and the penguins. That too me would be an amazing adventure.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures :)