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Tag Archives: SeaWorld Orlando
Mako’s design and engineering was inspired by the real Mako shark – one of the ocean’s fastest shark species. When it opens, Mako will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 mph on a track that’s nearly a mile long. The new ride will be a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling riders get at the top of each hill.
More than 500 animals have been rescued by SeaWorld Orlando this year alone, including one of the newest lucky ones: a 4-week-old, orphaned manatee calf. The female calf was brought to SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue and rehabilitation facility about two weeks ago by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after being rescued in the Tomoka River behind a residential home in Ormond Beach. The tiny 66-pound calf had been on her own for more than 24 hours. She was confused, lost and lacking vital nutrients from nursing.
Since she arrived at SeaWorld, the calf has been bottle-fed seven times a day and looked after around the clock by SeaWorld’s veterinarians and animal care experts. Her bloodwork and x-rays came back normal, which is a good sign.
Florida First Responders Honored by SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa With Free Admission in September
Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando are honoring Florida first responders through September. From Sept. 1-30, first responders will receive free admission to both Florida parks, and a special offer for additional tickets.
In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of 48 percent off general admission.
“This special offer is our way to show our support and appreciation for the commitment and dedication of Florida’s first responders,” said Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampa park president.
Available now through December 2015, the all-inclusive offer provides Florida locals a reduced Dolphin Swim Experience package starting at $219 plus tax, and Day Resort package (sans dolphin swim) for $149 plus tax. Additionally, residents will receive unlimited admission to two sister parks in Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark – beginning on the date of their reservation through Jan. 31, 2016.
For an additional $49, guests can enhance their day by adding SeaVenture to their admission, an underwater walking tour featuring hands-on encounters with schools of fish, velvety rays, tropical sea life, and an eye-to-eye view of sharks through underwater panoramic viewing windows.
As part of the unlimited admission to the SeaWorld parks through the year end, guests can enjoy upcoming family-friendly events including:
Pretzel connoisseurs can now savor sweet and salty pretzel combinations while sipping on a variety of local and seasonal craft beers, frozen cocktails, wines and beverages.
The menu features a selection of both original and unusual soft pretzel creations, with mouth-watering options such as the:
Mama’s Meatball Pretzel Twist – A SeaWorld Orlando exclusive, three juicy meatballs woven in pretzel dough, baked and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese.
Bacon Pretzel Twist — two strips of cherry-wood-smoked bacon packed inside a soft, buttery pretzel.
The first piece of SeaWorld Orlando’s new 200-foot-tall hypercoaster surfaced today as it traveled from the production facility in Ohio to its new home in Orlando. Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, and will reach speeds of 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track when it opens in summer 2016.
Over the next week, the giant piece of deep indigo and ocean blue coaster track will journey on an open flatbed semi-truck nearly 1,000 miles to its destination in sunny Florida. Highway travelers in major cities along the way – including Cincinnati, Lexington, Knoxville and Atlanta – should keep an eye out for this unusual #MakoSighting.
A rescued rough-toothed dolphin has been found to be deaf after SeaWorld zoological experts worked with specialists to perform a hearing test on the animal. The SeaWorld team has been working around the clock to care for the animal and determine the cause of its stranding. All previous tests, ranging from radiographs to blood tests, showed normal results, leading SeaWorld to believe the dolphin might be suffering from hearing loss.
In dolphins, soft tissue and bone in their lower jaw conveys sound to the ears. The hearing test was conducted by placing electrodes on the dolphin, then different sounds and frequencies were sent to the animal’s jaw to test his response. His reaction to the sounds was measured through the level of brain activity seen on the monitor. This test is very similar to a human hearing test where sounds are sent through headphones to test a human’s response.
The hearing test allowed the experts at SeaWorld and the National Marine Mammal Foundation to prove that the animal has a significant degree of hearing loss, which was likely the cause for his stranding.
During the past week, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team has been caring for two rescued orphaned baby manatees. The newborn and month-old calves were both brought to SeaWorld Orlando’s rehabilitation facility after being rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The calves were both seen by locals who said the manatees appeared lethargic and swimming alone.
First Rescued Manatee Calf
The first manatee – which was found floating on its side – was rescued July 7, 2015, from Merritt Island and immediately transported to SeaWorld for instant treatment, including fluids and antibiotics.
To help the young animal float, the SeaWorld team used a custom-fitted infant life vest with a foam flotation device. This tool has allowed the manatee to remain upright ever since.
The 200-pound rescued rough-toothed dolphin being cared for at SeaWorld Orlando is still being tube-fed fluids and medications, but is beginning to actively seek out food when offered, which is an encouraging sign for the team members who are with the animal all through the day and night.
This week, veterinarians performed radiographs on the animal and found possible signs of marine sponge in its abdomen, which it has been regurgitating. They will continue to monitor and run additional tests to confirm.
Animal experts and veterinarians are focused on monitoring the dolphin’s weight and blood work, both of which are key elements in measuring the overall health of the cetacean. At this time the dolphin is maintaining his weight and his blood work has slowly improved. He also tested negative for morbillivirus and brucellosis – two diseases that have been found in mass strandings.