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“The design for Blue World Project looks great! Does seaworld partner with a certain company/architect to build new habitats?”

Every new habitat brings its own challenges and we work with the architects, designers, suppliers and engineers who are best suited to help us meet those challenges. We use industry leading architectural, design and engineering firms along with other top-notch consultants to deliver what is best for the animals and our guests.

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“I have a question where do you keep the whales in severe weather?”

Someone from our zoological or security staff monitors the whales 24 hours a day. Whales living in our habitats, just like whales living in the wild, are evolved to handle severe weather. While many of our whales seem to enjoy heavy rain, if the weather gets too bad, they can simply go beneath the surface.

Read more about how we prepare during a hurricane.

“How many Walruses does SW own? Where did they come from? Which parks do they live at, and which exhibits/areas?”

We currently care for eight walruses across our three SeaWorld parks. Four are at SeaWorld Orlando (two at Wild Arctic and two at Sea Lion and Otter), three are at SeaWorld San Antonio (all at Sea Lion and Otter), and one is at SeaWorld San Diego (Wild Arctic). Where they come from varies, with three born at the parks and five being rescued animals that were deemed non-releasable by the federal government.

“why [are] there no African American trainers??”

We are fortunate to have trainers with different racial and ethnic backgrounds, including numerous African American trainers. At SeaWorld, we value the diversity of our team members and guests, and strive to maintain an inclusive environment for all.

“how do u clean the pools and show pool”

Cleaning the pools is the responsibility of our zoological staff working with our water quality staff. Divers are in our pools every day keeping the bottom and sides clean. Sophisticated filters keep the water itself clean. Interestingly, our whales and dolphins have been trained to retrieve foreign objects that might accidentally fall into their habitat; even things as small as a dime.

“why did you guys collect killer whales 35 years ago but [don’t] get me wrong i love your work”

While we do not collect whales and dolphins from the wild now, and as you note haven’t in 35 years, in the early days of oceanariums collection was the only way an animal could be brought into a zoological environment. We’ve learned a great deal about these animals since those days, including husbandry techniques, habitat and filtration design, veterinary care and the kind of environments that allow the animals to breed and raise their young.

“Can you imagine a world without Humboldt penguins? It’s called Chile and Peru! What are you doing to ensure survival there?”

No, we can’t. They are amazing animals. We have been caring for Humboldt penguins for many years at SeaWorld San Diego and have one of the most prolific breeding colonies in the world outside of Chile/Peru. Our work with these animals has contributed to the scientific understanding of this remarkable species.