Touching dolphins, black rays and watching sharks swim over you are just a few of the amazing experiences in store on a
SeaWorld visit. On our
Eco-travel weekend, we checked in to our
and headed straight to the park. We've
heard about Sea World's work when it comes to animal rescue and rehabilitation
and love that they are able to incorporate that into education and entertainment
for their guests.
|Kevin Robinson, senior animal care specialist at SeaWorld San Diego, bottle feeds a harbor seal pup. Through the park’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program, between 150 and 200 marine mammals are rescued and treated each year.|
While helping animals behind the scenes, guests
enjoy the experience of being up close to a variety of beautiful sea creatures. As you can
tell by the images below, my crew and I had a blast!
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Final email check before the fun
Here we come…
an eavesdropping dolphin
Brunch @ Shipwreck
What an experience to touch the dolphins!
bite size snack
an amazing way to learn
about the beluga whales
Some info about the SeaWorld Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program:
Since 1965, SeaWorld San Diego has rescued thousands of animals and has treated
as many as 475 marine mammals in one year. Of these animals, pinnipeds — seals
and sea lions — form the largest percentage. SeaWorld is part of the Southwest
Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which is organized by the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS). Members of the public, lifeguards and other
individuals report strandings to SeaWorld’s rescue hotline (800-541-SEAL) and
SeaWorld team members respond, using guidelines governed by NMFS. Once rescued,
animals are nursed back to health and returned to the wild by a team of experts.
If an animal is deemed not releasable, NMFS determines whether the animal is to
remain at SeaWorld or to be cared for at another facility.
Marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, whales, manatees,
sea turtles and seabirds may strand for a variety of reasons: illness, injury,
exhaustion or separation from their mother. Two of the most common illnesses are
malnutrition and dehydration. In addition, animals may also become entangled in
nets, ropes or fishing line; accidentally ingest plastic or other foreign
objects; or suffer habitat loss, which occurs as a result of human development,
over harvesting of natural resources or oil spills.
To care for stranded animals, SeaWorld San Diego is equipped with a
state-of-the-art medical facility, which houses a laboratory with the latest
diagnostic equipment, antibiotics, intravenous fluids and other medications; a
surgical suite, which contains a custom surgery table, X-ray, ultrasound,
endoscopy and anesthesia equipment; a food preparation room, where special diets
for rehabilitated animals are prepared; and recovery areas, including
pools and enclosures, tailored to meet the specific needs of each rehabilitating