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Robert Niles

Vote of the week: Favorite animal at SeaWorld?

Published: March 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I asked a serious question yesterday, as part of our focus on vacation budget planning. So for the "official" vote of the week today, let's just be a bit silly, shall we?

So what's your? favorite animal at SeaWorld? (At right, one of the SeaWorld San Diego sea lions I met last summer campaigns for your vote.) What's the highlight of your day when you visit these animal parks?

Do you go for Shamu and the rest of the killer whales? The belugas in Wild Arctic? Shark Encounter? Manatee Rescue? The dolphins, the penguins, otters or the sea lions?

Of course, there are dozens of other species in the park, but after yesterday's marathon vote, I made an editorial decision and limited the choices to these eight. If you want to campaign for something else, you've got the comments.

Finally, I leave you with this: My all-time favorite SeaWorld-related cartoon. Have a great weekend!

Replies (15)

Joshua Counsil

Published: March 6, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I'm surprised at the lack of love for sharks, even with the ever-popular shark entertainment industry (Jaws, Shark Week on Discovery ...)
Robert Niles

Published: March 6, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Blame me for the way I phrased the questions. Sharks, I suspect, are the villains. Few consider them a "favorite," (no cute factor) but most like to watch 'em anyway.
Corey Romberg

Published: March 6, 2009 at 8:20 PM

I LOVE sea lions!! They are sooo cute and so talented...Clyde and Seymour is my favorite Sea World show..they are just so funny!

Published: March 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Watching the orca/killer whale show gave me goosebumps!! Here are the animals at the top of the food chain in the ocean, the predators that no animal hunts, doing flips and tricks for the trainers!! WOW!!! All the other animals are awesome but the fact that these orcas are even 'trainable' just blows my mind!!!
Gareth H

Published: March 6, 2009 at 10:17 PM

What about the Puffins?

Funny little buggers them :)

Raul Araoz

Published: March 6, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Homo Sapiens.

That one trainer at the Shamu show. Va-Va-Voom!

Anthony Murphy

Published: March 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I like the otters! They always do funny things in the show and they beat cute factor over all others,but I do like Manatees too!
Derek Potter

Published: March 7, 2009 at 4:09 PM

What is that on the roof of your mouth Robert??


Published: March 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Of course I voted for Shamu.

But then I do like manatees. Especially fried light with a rice pilaf.


Robert Niles

Published: March 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

And... rimshot! (Only nine comments to get to what should have been the obvious joke.)
Broose Johnson

Published: March 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Gotta say that Puffins are my favorite animal - and there are very few places around (especially in Florida) that you can see them. Whenever I've got family or friends going to Sea World I always ask them to "say 'Hi' to the puffins for me."
Derek Potter

Published: March 8, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I couldn't resist, it's like I was set up or something.
rick stevens

Published: March 9, 2009 at 12:24 AM

I have to admit that I have not seen a show since 1978, but I always thought the Killer Whale offerings were spectacular. I have to paraphrase this since the last time I saw a show, the Orca was sickly and not performing up to par. I did have the opportunity to X-ray a Dolphin in Palo Verde before they closed. His name was Pepe and he had a problem with his disks. I think they use the seals as clowns and the Dolphins and Orcas as the main attractions, but that is just me.

Published: March 9, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Feeding the sting rays is the highlight of my trip to Sea World! Feeling them slurp up the fish (and sometimes your fingers by accident) is the most amazing experience in the park, especially because they seem to enjoy being touched. Not like the dolphins, who steal your fish and don't even let you pat them!
Emily G

Published: March 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Had to vote for sharks, I love all the other animals more and I hate and am terrified of sharks, but I am also facinated by them and I think they are the animal I most rarely see and would be most disapointed not to see. I am even thinking of doing the Sharks Deep Dive when I visit in November

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