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Tag Archives: SeaWorld Orlando
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.
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark hosted the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson this month. Aquatica Orlando was among 900 aquatic centers, pools and waterparks that hosted a swim lesson to help break last year’s world record of 36,564 lesson participants and help save lives.
Beating last year’s record at Aquatica, 149 children took part in the record setting swim lesson that took place at Big Surf Shores. After completing the certified swim lesson each participant received an official certificate and admission to enjoy Aquatica for the rest of the day.
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines was onsite to lend a helping hand with the lesson. “Today was a great day and I was happy to offer a helping hand and kick-off today’s lesson. The goal of this event is to draw attention to accidental drowning’s and to encourage swimming lesson programs,” said Ambrose Gaines.
This Fourth of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays during SeaWorld Orlando’s Fourth of July Celebration. The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air.
The fireworks display will take place at Bayside Stadium and will include a spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the Navy Band Southeast of Jacksonville, Fla. This patriotic ensemble of musical professionals is one of 11 official U.S. Navy Bands in the country.
The Fourth of July Celebration begins at 10 p.m. and is included with park admission.
While at the park, guests can take advantage of SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Nights festivities including:
Celebrating America Concert Series – Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, guests can enjoy performances from a variety of artists and genres. Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission. Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for concert lineup, new artists announced each week.
Surfacing summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.
“On Mako, you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s attraction creative director. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”
Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality. Mako sharks — also called “blue pointers” — are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.
This past Mother’s Day, the SeaWorld Rescue Team responded to rescue a distressed mother manatee – and her still-nursing calf – near Satellite Beach, Fla. and brought the pair to SeaWorld. The mother has a collapsed lung, which creates buoyancy issues, so SeaWorld outfitted her with a “manatee wetsuit” the park designed for such rescue cases. The wetsuit helps assist the manatee with floating and allows the team draw out trapped air and fluids.
The mother manatee weighs 1,070 pounds, is 9 feet long and is estimated to be 10 years old. It was determined that her injuries were caused by a water craft strike. The calf is estimated to be 2-3 years old and, although he was unharmed by the water craft, he is still nursing and dependent on his mother. It is important that the pair remain together as the calf continues to grow and learn from its mother.
Over the next several weeks, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team will closely monitor the manatee’s progress.
Families and friends can celebrate Latin culture at this annual festival featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists, savory authentic cuisine by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef Hector Colon, family-friendly activities and unique merchandise from local artisans.
New this year, SeaWorld will transform the park’s garden area into a mini-fiesta for families. There will be monitors to watch the concert from afar, educational activities for children, domino tables, up-close encounters with some of SeaWorld’s amazing animal ambassadors and much more. Viva la Musica festival activities begin at 1 p.m. each Saturday with concerts starting at 4 p.m. at Bayside Stadium.
The all-new sea lion comedy adventure Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High is now open at SeaWorld Orlando. Full of fun and big personalities of sea lions, walruses and otters, the show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper).
A special new pre-show salutes teachers from all over, and guests learn new information about the animal stars, their relationships with the trainers, and how the animals are trained.
True to the more than 40-year legacy of SeaWorld’s beloved sea lion shows, Sea Lion High is an entertaining and fun comedy that is a perfect fit for sea lions’ large personalities. Through the adventures, laughs and endearing animal antics, guests are inspired to care about these amazing animals.
Full of adventure, fun and big personalities, the show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper). When our dynamic duo – Clyde and Seamore – are nominated to win scholarships to Ocean University, they must enter crash courses in science, dance and gym in a storyline that is full of fast-paced fun. The cast of amazing animals and trainers connect with guests as only SeaWorld can, and an educational pre-show celebrates teachers from all over.
“Sea Lion High is a place where animals and people learn and play,” says Michael Fletcher, Vice President of Entertainment for SeaWorld Orlando. “Our guests will connect with these animals through a show that is full of fun and celebration, yet also blends in entertaining messages that encourage education, exploration and using your imagination.”