On the first day, we went to Sea World! Caleb has been to Sea World in San Antonio but I had never been and it was probably my favorite part of the trip. Here are some highlights:
We took this picture not because we’ve never seen flamingos but because we’d never seen flamingos extend their wings like this! This flock was quite active while we were watching, scurrying from one side to the other and fighting each other and opening their wings and eating.
We had this little game we played while we were in these parks where we sat in the last row of the “Soak Zone” for each show(sea lions, dolphins, whales), confident that would be the best view and dubious we would get soaked. At the beginning of each show they tell the people sitting in the clearly labeled soak zones that they are going to get wet and people smile up at them and then when they start getting splashed they get up and run away in shock! Anyway, Shamu was the only show where he actually did get us! Best splashers in the park.
Caleb rode the sting ray roller coaster. He is in the third row on the left side. One of the nice things about visiting Sea World on a Thursday in February is that we literally did not wait in a single line all day. Not for tickets, not for the bathroom, not for food, not for rides. It was great. Although a little chilly at times, we decided it is far better to forgo the lines and wear a jacket than go with the crowds in the summer.
Petting the bat rays.
The curtain call at the dolphin show, which also included short-finned pilot whales. This show was a little weird for us because they tried to incorporate this story element with people in bird costumes and divers and a lot of feel-good nature stuff. The trainers in the show did some amazing sort of dolphin water-skiing and riding them and being pushed through the water by their noses and such. Also things like this:
I think my favorite was the sea lion and otter show. They incorporated a ton of humor and really showed what they animals could do. The little otter was a bit hard to capture but he was so cute: he could carry things around the stage and wave hello and goodbye. They did a number of TV show spoofs with the sea lions, including “Dancing With the Pinnipeds”, where they sort of danced with them and “Survivor”, where they had to complete difficult tasks.
They also had Puffins. Not sure what’s up with the polka music in the background, I didn’t notice that at the time.
This was a playful little fellow, this happened several times:
We weren’t sure why this giant rabbit was at SeaWorld but it was fun to pet it. Very soft.
At one point we were unfortunately trapped on a moving sidewalk in a small glass tube amongst sixty second graders as we admired some sharks.