We believe that there is no substitute for the inspiration that comes with seeing animals up close. SeaWorld is one of the only places where people can truly experience the magnificence of killer whales in this way. Our guests recognize that the animals they see at SeaWorld are in many ways ambassadors for an increasingly fragile and imperiled wild environment. We recognize what a privilege it is to be able to present these amazing animals to our guests and the world. Our mission is for our guests to experience something that makes them more aware, more in awe, more respectful and to go home more motivated to take action than when they arrived. We embrace a very simple philosophy: You will love and protect only what you understand.
In addition to inspiring our guests, researchers have a unique chance to study killer whales in ways that would be impossible in the wild. Watch this to get a glimpse of some of the research happening at SeaWorld that will benefit wild whales:
The original plan for this park was authored in the early 1960s when SeaWorld was no more than a spark of an idea. It hadn’t even been named yet – just “Marine Park.” The plan included a statement of purpose that is as valid today as it was then: SeaWorld will “open a new dimension in human knowledge and understanding of the undersea world and its inhabitants.” We’re proud of our history of education and inspiration, and our work to advance the scientific understanding of killer whales and other marine animals.