Breakfast with "Shamu" at Seaworld San Diego

Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
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Trip End Jul 12, 2011


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Monday, May 30, 2011

So we bought tickets to Breakfast with Shamu at Seaworld as part of Tom's birthday present and he was so excited in the morning. We both were in fact. To get to seaworld we had to catch the light rail to old town, and then jump on a bus to seaworld. Seems easy, but today was memorial day and so it was a public holiday and they have a different timetable for public holidays but sometimes it follows the Saturday timetable and sometimes it follows the Sunday timetable, so figuring out when the bus was actually going to come was difficult and because we had breakfast with Shamu we had to make sure we were there early. But we managed to do it just fine.

Now first of all, the whale we had breakfast with wasnt called Shamu, The actual whale Shamu died in the 70s, but since she was the first whale to appear in Seaworld shows they've kept the name of Shamu for all the whale shows at all the Seaworlds, kinda weird and confusing but ok. So we got to breakfast and it was buffet style, so we went and got our food and we were sat right next to Corky's pool and she was swimming around just doing laps while we ate and the trainer was telling us about whales and Corky's history and what we were to expect in this show. Then they started interacting with her, and then we started getting wet. I was taking a video and then she suddenly splashed us and Tom and I were the main target and we were both soaked, Tom had his mouth open at the time as well so his mouth was filled with salty whale water hahaaha. It was very funny. Then she did some cool spins in the air and was waving to us with her tail and it was all very entertaining and happening 5m from us! So cool.

After breakfast we went straight to the whale 'one world' show where they had 3 whales doing tricks and getting people soaked. Lots of singing too which was weird and I didnt like the singing but the whales were very entertaining, especially when their sole purpose was to get the crowd as wet as possible. Luckily it was a warm sunny day, unlike yesterday.

We didnt get wet at all in the whale show, even though we were sitting in the 'soak zone' and it was pretty warm, and we'd come prepared to get wet, so we went on the white rapids ride and we definitely got wet then. The penguin exhibit was next,  and it was very very cool. They have a huge antarctic style exhibit with over 300 penguins in it and there were emperor penguins strutting around and adelie and macaroni penguins swimming under the ice caps and it was very very cool. literally as well, it was very airconditioned inside, but not as cold as in the exhibit which is below freezing all the time, obviously.

Outside there were also magallenic penguins, which are south american penguins and live in argentina and peru and are closely related to the Humbolt penguin (kate and family will know that i did an assignment on this penguin!) and they were really cool. They live in a compltely different habitat to the ones inside in the antarctic exhibit. Its amazing. I was very happy just watching the penguins and ould have for the rest of the day, but tom wouldnt let me.

We went to the dolphin show later and there were not just dolphins but more whales and birds as well! There was more singing in that as well, and lots of acrobatics and people diving, it was a pretty good show, more people getting saturated :) makes me laugh.

 We caught the bus and the light rail back to the hostel and stopped in at a steakhouse on the way home for some dinner because tom was craving steak haha. He definitely enjoyed his dinner. :)

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