Published: February 3, 2011 at 10:25 AMI hate that they are keeping the trainers out of the water. These are highly trained individuals and are aware of the risks involved with working with large animals. That being said, no trainers should ever be in the water with Tilikum, which was already a policy if I remember correctly. There will always be risk in life. Just plan to minimize that risk and go forward.
Published: February 3, 2011 at 11:18 AMI think that One Ocean says it all...not a pool here and a pool there, with animals in captivity of human amusement.
I am glad that you have decided to keep the trainers out of the water but it is time to release your captives.
You do a great job in rehab, but when it's done you release.
Love the animals enough to do what is best for them.
Published: February 3, 2011 at 2:30 PMIf the new show is more "Shamu Adventure" than "Believe", than I'm really looking forward to it.
Published: February 3, 2011 at 4:51 PMYes lets release them back in to the wild which they have never been in. Lets release the ones that were brought in from the wild 25+ years ago and see how well tehy do. I think its been done before and look what happened.
Published: February 3, 2011 at 6:17 PMI used to love Believe, but once the trainers were prohibited from being in the water the show became frightfully dull. It has practically sunk to the bottom of my to do list when visiting Sea World. In 2009, Shamu's Christmas Miracles was spectacular...In 2010, it was craptacular. I could look away from the stage for 90 seconds and not miss a thing. The pacing has been ruined.
They need some new tricks and some technical wizardry to fix their current snooze fest of a show. I think it is critical to the longevity of the park. Either that, or add a whole bunch of new rides. Make Sea World as thrilling as Busch Gardens and you'd have yourself an annual passholder for life. I'm pretty sure plenty of other Central Floridians would say the same.
As for those of you beating the dead horse about animal captivity...the odds of those animals surviving in the wild are slim to none. Their instincts are dull because of being raised in captivity.
On the positive end of the spectrum Sea World raises awareness of wildlife conservation efforts. A lot less people would know or care about sea creatures without our nation's aquariums, etc. Sea World also helps give a home to injured animals (sea lions, etc.) that would likely be dead without their help.
Castigate them for putting profits ahead of people by letting anyone work with Tilikum again after his consistent record of violent behavior. As far as wildlife conservation, however, they do a lot more good than harm.
Published: February 3, 2011 at 7:14 PMYes. I have been wiating for more detials about this for month, this conformed my vacation to sea world San diego. I hape they will give us more information on this in the coming month.
Published: February 4, 2011 at 4:58 AMThe arguments for and against animals in captivity are a big issue and need to be heard and understood.
Published: February 5, 2011 at 1:51 PMWell said, Rob. I'm always conflicted on my stance towards SeaWorld.
I will say this - while I'm not against animal captivity if the living quarters and conditions are satisfactory, I'm against the live shows that involve the animals doing tricks. It's a sophomoric approach to animal conservation.
Published: February 6, 2011 at 8:06 AMIn no way would I want to draw people from this site, but in an effort to provide a central forum for this very discussion, I created ASHERAT.org. I hope you will give it a visit.
The conservation and education defense arguments used by zoos and aquariums are way too vulnerable to the possibility of animal abuse, even if it's unintentional. My personal feeling is that with the amazing technologies used in the medicine, research and entertainment industries, we could create a much more accurate, educational and breathtaking public exhibit of our oceans—and our planet overall.
This would require a big shift in mindsets, and it won't happen overnight. Perhaps, most importantly, we need to hear all points of view.
I used to work at The Nature Conservancy, and I am a former volunteer diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I have some pretty strong feelings of my own on the captivity issue. But I can say with certainty that although we may disagree, 99% of us have the best intentions—both for humans and whales.
It is a complex issue, and there are a lot of very valid arguments on all sides. I started ASHERAT.org as a place for people to take up this debate, civilly, thoughtfully, and openly. There's no profit to be made, no personal data to collect, no advertising to sell. My name is Jeff Nesmith, and I created ASHERAT out of sincere concern for the planet. Keep the conversation going!
Published: February 7, 2011 at 7:41 AMI have been lucky enough to see the Shamu shows on two seperate holidays to Orlando. On both occasions the show was one of, if not the, stand-out highlight of the whole vacation, but ONLY because of the interaction between the orcas and the trainers. I still get goose-bumps looking at my pictures of the trainers exploding out of the water on the nose of those massive, beautiful creatures. Clearly both trainers and creatures loved what they did and it was a real privilege to see humans and animals working so closely together.
I understand the pressures society now exerts that have led to Sea World's decision to withdraw the trainers from the water but I think it's a massive mistake. At a stroke we have lost one of the only truly magical, (in the genuine sense of the word), experiences at any theme park and we have lost something that spoke of a harmony between humankind and nature more movingly and more powerfully than any video or seperated performance can or ever will do. I'm sure they will do their best to make the new show truly great, but it will never be magical. I will mourn that passing of magic into legend but consider myself so lucky to have been able to see the magic for myself whilst it still lived...
Published: February 8, 2011 at 8:40 PMHave to agree with the other posters about the shamu show being very dull.. We did the SeaWorld/ Bush Gardens route in 08 and again in sept 10 and man what difference.. The original show as really good.. trainers in teh water getting pushed around and overall having a great time with the whales and you could see in in the performances.
fast forward to 2010 show and no life to it at all.. the trainers were not petting the noses of the whales or even touching them at all.. it was the worst thing ever..
Glad we went to the dolphin show, that was very cool until it rained.
Not going to be doing SeaWorld for a couple years as kids are getting ready for college and it gets kinda old quick..The manta is a cool ride for sure but i want to do universal soon and see the Harry Potter stuff. Just waiting on prices to drop down a bit.
PS to Jeff Nesmith nice site.. :)