Watch Dr. Stewart explain why trackers are attached to some of the rehabilitated sea lions we return to the wild.
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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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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.
That is a great idea. We’ll work on that.
In the meantime, here is a little behind-the-scenes peek at how we feed our killer whales:
Please click here for what others are saying about SeaWorld, including many former trainers.
Also, here is a video from a former trainer responding to the movie Blackfish:
We discuss the issue of inbreeding in detail here. The degree to which Keto and Kohana are related is not uncommon in the management of a zoological breeding program or in the wild.
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.
We have three whales that are approaching or have reached an age when killer whales begin to exhibit reproductive senesense (eg. menopause). Studies of Resident female killer whales in the north Pacific have shown that 50 percent of females do not reproduce after 38, and none of have been known to reproduce after 46.
No, it isn’t a myth. The distinctive pink color of their feathers comes from carotenoid pigments found in a flamingo’s food. Learn more about flamingos here.
Of the 30 killer whales in SeaWorld’s care, only two were collected by SeaWorld: Kasatka and Katina. Those collections were many years ago. SeaWorld has not collected a killer whale from the wild in more than 35 years.
No, we do not have any other rough-toothed dolphins at SeaWorld. Click here to learn more about the rescued rough-toothed dolphin currently being cared for at SeaWorld Orlando.
We conduct a comprehensive post-mortem examination, which provides contributions to science and education.
Watch Julie Scardina explain how we ensure the safety and wellbeing of our animals when we travel with some amazing animal ambassadors that help to educate and inspire everyone they meet.
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.
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.
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.
All trainers have a role to play during a show, training session, husbandry or any other type of activity in our marine mammal habitats. Some serve as safety spotters and others assist in preparing food or guiding animals in the back pools.
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.