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Vote of the week: Getting soaked by Shamu?

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Published: July 6, 2007 at 10:43 AM

A quick technical note before we get to this week's vote: Due to a server move, the site will be down for an hour or two between 11pm west coast time Saturday night and 3am Sunday morning.

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. ;-)

As always, please leave a note in the comments, too. Thanks! (Vote of the week archive)

Readers' Opinions

From Larry Zimmerman on July 6, 2007 at 2:16 PM
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!
From Iris Hernandez on July 6, 2007 at 2:21 PM
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.
From Dwight Graham on July 6, 2007 at 2:54 PM
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 !
From Iris Hernandez on July 6, 2007 at 3:19 PM
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.
From J M on July 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM
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!
From Claudine Deshaies on July 6, 2007 at 7:40 PM
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.
From Erik Yates on July 7, 2007 at 7:03 AM
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.
From TH Creative on July 7, 2007 at 7:12 PM
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.


From Iris Hernandez on July 7, 2007 at 9:05 PM
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.

With all that said...a whale tank with a dam good saltwater filtration system should be the least of your worries. The trainers are healthier and in a lot better shape than most of us are. Get over it, enjoy life and get a little wet.

By the way, lets not forget about those who want to go to Discovery Cove or those who have been there...Guess what...the were swimming in a "tank" with EWWWWW...dolphin and fish poo too.......like I said, GET OVER IT!

From Erik Yates on July 8, 2007 at 6:11 AM
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.
And again, I'm surprised more large people havent come up with good reasons not to get wet. And not just large people. Squishy shoes, the fact that water...especially saltwater, absorbs more sunlight which makes you hotter, and burns you faster. And that ever persisting problem of chafing.....god I hate to get wet, but I love the water....talk about a conundrum.
From Mostly Anonymous on July 9, 2007 at 8:48 AM
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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