SeaWorld to allow whale trainers back in the water
SeaWorld just announced that it will soon allow whale trainers back in the water, for the first time since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau last year. According to Orlando television station WESH
, trainers will begin slowly interacting with orcas in medical pools equipped with movable bottoms that can be lifted out of the water.
SeaWorld also reportedly plans on spending millions of dollars on safety upgrades for the facilities at its three locations.
I'm just curious on where they are getting this "millions of dollars." When they put the fancy moving screens into the Shamu show, prices all over the park skyrocketed. We didn't visit for a long time after that because everything was so expensive. I sure hope this doesn't raise prices, but I bet it will. At least a new show with trainers back in the water might draw people to the park, though I'm curious to see if the interaction is different and how.
It is about time. Cant wait to see them back doing what they love!
Wow surprising news! (in my opinion) I was pretty sure when they announced a new show it was in part because it wouldn't have trainers in the water. (as I presume a lot of other folks thought so too) I guess they may have some other new rules, or guidelines to follow. I'm intrigued now to see what's new and what is better or worse in this show, against the previous Believe 1.0, and Believe 1.5 (without trainers)show.
Firstly I'd like to welcome the return of trainers to the water. I think it's always been an integral part of the performance and, although it has it's dangers, I believe that the safety of the animals and trainers has been evaluated correctly.
Great. Now people are going to get NASCAR syndrome and watch the shows only to see if somebody gets attacked.
Let's not forget that trainers in the medical pool isn't the same as trainers in the show tank during a performance. It might be a long while before we see that, if we ever do.
Anyone remembers when there was interaction between the whales and kids from the audience? The good old days :)
Maybe that $7,000,000 should be used to build a bigger pool for the Orca's. Looking on Google Earth you can see just how little room these massive animals have to live in.
I find this news most interesting, as well as a little disturbing.
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