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Mako Coaster Track Spotted Heading Toward SeaWorld Orlando

Mako Track SeaWorld OrlandoThe 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.

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Rescued Dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando Undergoes Tests, Found to be Deaf

Baby Dolphin SeaWorld RescueA 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.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Perform at SeaWorld Orlando at the Celebrating America Concert Series

Oak Ridge BoysThis week, the Celebrating America Concert Series at SeaWorld Orlando announces The Oak Ridge Boys for the August 1 – 2 weekend.

The Oak Ridge Boys are one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry with their hits Elvira, Thank God for Kids, American Made and Y’all Come Back Saloon. Their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards, and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. The Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a music performance widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.

During the summer series, every Saturday and Sunday guests will enjoy musical performances and daily happy hours. Concerts take place in the air-conditioned Nautilus Theater at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and are included with park admission.

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SeaWorld Orlando Caring for Two Rescued Manatee Babies

SeaWorld rescued manateeDuring 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.

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Rescued Dolphin Receiving Care at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld rescued dolphinThe 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.

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