19.07.2007 - 19.07.2007 -17 °C
Thursday started off with a nice sleep-in which was nice for a change. We were headed to Seaworld San Diego that day so we had till about 10am until the bus would pick us up. We both figured that we must be the last pick up as it was pretty late in the morning and then we would head straight to the park. Unfortunately that was not the case. The bus picked us up, went from hotel to hotel picking up other guests and then dropped us at a depot where we changed buses, collected tickets and then headed to the park. By the time we got to Seaworld it was about 1pm. Brian and I were not impressed, especially when the driver announced he would pick us up at 6pm.
Apart from that little hiccup, Seaworld San Diego is a pretty cool place. It's a lot like our Seaworld back home - lots of animals and not many rides, which I'm glad stayed the same.
First up we headed to the dolphin show which was cool to watch. Brian tried to get a photo of me next to the big tank with a dolphin swimming behind me. He was successful but as he took the picture the dolphin kicked up its tail and splashed me. At all their sea mammal shows they designate the first 10 - 16 rows to be the "splash zone." Basically if you sit in these rows you won't just get a little bit wet, you literally will get soaked! They make the dolphins and whales swim close to the crowd, turn around and splash down with their tails soaking the crowd. It was hilarious watching people get soaked!
We then headed to the Shamu Show which was probably the highlight of my day. Killer Whales are so beautiful and it's amazing how well they are trained. Shamu is the big attraction of the park so they allow for plenty of photo taking opportunities. This show also had a designated splash zone and of course it was more hilarious watching a huge whale splash people compared to a few dolphins.
It was then a rush to squeeze in as many animal habitats as we could before the other shows but we managed to see baby killer whales, puffins, penguins (even emporer penguins which are so tiny!!), sharks, seals, a walrus, flamingoes and many more.
Other shows we saw included the 'Cirque De La Mar' show, which was just like Cirque Du Soleil but intergrated water slides and jet ski's into their show, then the 'Navy Seal' show - with your typical seal tricks but set on a marine sub.
There was also a pet show on where the had trained dogs, birds, cats and a pig to compete in events and show the crowd how having a "normal" pet was as much fun as having a seal or whale and is alot easier to train (obviously). Brian walked away wanting a pet dog and I walked away wanting a pet parrot which I thought was fairly hilarious as we had just been to SEAworld