After the "big" preschool graduation, Grammy and Grandad treated us to SeaWorld. This was a huge treat for us because in the 3 years we've lived in San Diego, this was our first visit to Sea World. Interesting fact: SeaWorld is about 10 miles away from us. Basically, we've only bought zoo passes to this point because they're so much cheaper. Why is it that sometimes I feel like a tourist in my own city???
The Shamu show was pretty sweet.
Here's one of the whales splashing the audience.
This is a viewpoint of the big tanks where the killer whales chill while they're not performing in a show. Of course while we viewed, we heard and read some interesting facts about killer whales....Somebody stop me before I bust out the whale trivia!
Here was a cute coincidence. This little girl we bumped into was wearing the exact same shirt as Brooklyn. Her parents were much more doting than we are with our tomboy Brooklyn. Her hair was perfectly coiffed, and did she know how to pose for a picture or what? Her mother or grandmother shared with us that this little girl had just filmed a commercial the day before. I wish I remembered which one, some Maytag commercial or something if I recall correctly.
Here was one of the oldest whales at the park. He likes to bob up and down in the water. Funny, no?
I was pretty impressed by these acrobats performing in the style of Cirque de Soliel.
Below is another scene from the show.
Brooklyn checked out the starfish in "Discovery Reef." I'm embarassed to admit that I totally played the unintentional starfish police b/c I heard a worker announce that the starfish needed to be kept inside the water in order to "breathe." Kids kept wanting to pick them up and take them out of the water to pose for pictures though. So I got worried whenever I saw some kid grab one out of the water. I tried to hold back, but couldn't keep it down, "I think those are supposed to stay in the water so they can breathe." I'm sure the starfish survived though.
Seeing everyone else pick them up, Brooklyn tried the same thing. Don't worry, I was right there to defend the little 5-pointed animal! You can thank me later, little guy!
The "Sea Lions Live" show. It was pretty funny because it parodied many of the other shows at the park. I finally learned the difference between Sea Lions and Seals. Not that it was part of the show, but my friend Lucynthia shared this with me on my more recent trip to SeaWorld. Sea Lions have longer limbs, flaps over their ears, and the use their fins to maneuver. Seals have shorter limbs, move in floppy motions without much help from their short limbs, and they have no flaps over their ears. So basically, I just remember that Sea Lions do things closer that of 4-legged animals like lions. They use their limbs.
All in all, this was a wonderful, pleasant, entertaining, and MUCH overdue trip to SeaWorld made possible by our ever overly-generous Grammy and Grandad. Sadly, I didn't get any pictures with THEM facing the camera at SeaWorld, but the next post will surely compensate for that as we got plenty of photo ops at our nice dinner at their hotel. ;)