Vote of the week: Getting soaked by Shamu?
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On to the vote: It's hotter than blazes here on the West Coast, so my thoughts turn to ways to cool down. So, what's your attitude toward getting soaked at a theme park?
And I mean the *water* kind, not the 'paying list price for the ticket at the front gate' kind. ;-)
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Cold salt water laden with fish oil (and who knows what else - you know what fish do in water)...not my idea of a fun time!
I've been getting wet so long at the shamu show(practically all my life) that i dont even care whats in the water anymore. Besides, being a Sea World animal trainer is my ultimate goal, so might as well get used to it.
Salty Orca water seems to get a little sticky/crusty upon drying. Fun for the kids though. Cooling off on water flum type rides is my personal preference, and thinking of what kinda junks in the water...We'll just try'n not think about that. It is hot out here on the left coast right now...OK I'll go with the Orca Water, but just this time...scheesh !
Yeah, salt water does feel a bit muggy and crusty after drying, BUT since i was already wet I just went to a water fountain filled up my big cup and pour it all over me. Works like a charm everytime, no more saltwater ickyness after that.
I just can't see getting drenched in salt water to sit and enjoy a show. Especially if I have to just sit and be wet until the end. This is just not my style of comfort and fun. If I was swimming with the whale, then it be a differnt story!
As a kid, it didn't matter to me where the water came from. As an adult, I prefer ride water to show water. When I was at SeaWorld Orlando in March, the Believe show wasn't really kicking up a lot of water in the soak zones, though.
As a fat adult, I like to get wet....but I hate it. Getting wet while it clools you down, does make it for harder walking, and heavier clothes...not to mention at the end of the day because of the salt water rubbing against my clothes and thighs....you could cook a turkey on the insides of my legs.
Any thoughtful answer will first consider the size of these animals. We're talkin' gallons and gallons of whale pee. In a tank with mulriple whales.
For those of you that seemed to be grossed out about the whole whale pee and not knowing whats in the water... I sure hope you are not swimming at any beach or any ocean for that matter. Earth is one giant fish/mammal tank. Yes, there are currents and the water is a bit more free flowing, but nevertheless there a fish, shark and whale pee all up in there. Not to mention human pee(for those nasty people that do their business in the water rather than getting out and going to the bathroom). Oh, and lets not forget all the big ships out there that dump their human and food wastes in the water. Trust me, I was in the NAVY on an Aircraft carrier and I know what they dump in the water. It doesnt matter how far offshore they are, the stuff gets into the currents too.
Leave it to Iris to put it in perspective! God thats funny. I would worry more about the little kids peeing in the pools that you swim in and the waterslides you go down than whales.
For me it comes down to cameras. I think it's really fun to be splashed - but if I want to take pictures of the Orcas, it means sitting up where it's dry. Saltwater and cameras really don't get along.
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