Published: May 22, 2009 at 3:09 PMRobert writes: but no one but the pros gets in the tank with the killer whales.
I Respond: I have MAXIMUM respect for Shamu's trainers. I would go so far as to say they have the most EXTRAORDINARY jobs in any theme park.
There's that point in the show where a trainer goes under water and and one of the KWs comes up behind him and they burst through the surface with the trainer perched on the animal's nose. The trainer goes into the air and dives back into the water.
Okay, to complete that manuever the trainer goes underwater and at one point has to look back over his shoulder and see this creature the size of a bus coming right up behind him.
How exactly does Sea World reprogram that trainer's most primal DNA to make certain that when he is flying through the air he is not screaming like an eight-year old girl?
Published: May 23, 2009 at 5:49 AMAt the SeaWorld in Japan, you can interact with the orcas still. Just thought I'd let ya'll know. Not sure if it's owned by the Busch Corp. though.
Published: May 23, 2009 at 9:37 AMAt this moment in time, I want to meet "@realshamu" The guy, or guys, are very very funny!!
Published: May 23, 2009 at 7:08 PMI have not had the opportunity to meet any of these great creature personalities. So any chance to interact would be great...even the sharks.
Published: May 28, 2009 at 9:12 AMA few years back I did the killer whale trainer for a day program at SeaWorld Orlando. We had a lot of close interaction. We did get in the pool with them, but on the other side of a gate - we fed them fish through the gate. (They told us to make sure we tossed the fish rather than try to hold it for the orca to take; they said this was to ensure we didn't lose a limb.)
BTW, the water for the killer whales is kept at 52-55 degrees. We had full wetsuits, but it sure was cold when water spilled in at the neck.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 12:54 AMI have to vote for sharks, I am equally terrified, amazed and intrigued by them and will be doing the shark deep dive on my visit in November. I probably do actually prefer all the other animals, but I do have a strange fascination with sharks.