Jul 31

SeaWorld's Kelly Flaherty Clark Explains "Slide-out" Behavior

by Staff

You may have questions about why whales and dolphins swim out of the water onto what we call “slide-out” areas. This is a social and play behavior our trainers see daily, and the animals are safe doing this. In fact, our whales and dolphins are trained to swim onto, and off of, the slide-outs so that we can monitor their growth and give them veterinary care. In this video, SeaWorld trainer Kelly Flaherty-Clark explains the behavior in more detail.

May 10

Celebrating Mothers from Land and Sea at SeaWorld San Diego

This year for Mother’s Day, SeaWorld San Diego guests can watch several of our animal moms caring for their young here at the park. One animal in particular is Cascade, a bottlenose dolphin, who is currently caring for her sixth calf that was born in early November.

Apr 15

A Spotlight on Blue Horizons' Stars: Bubbles, Shadow and Argo!

Hi everyone! Christie here from SeaWorld San Diego’s Dolphin Stadium, home of the Blue Horizons show! As many of you may know, Blue Horizons features several different kinds of animals including bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) and a variety of bird species. But what most people what to know is, “What kind whales are in your show?” The answer? Short-finned Pacific pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus)!

Apr 10

Become a Part of a Dolphin’s World through a Dolphin Connection

Can’t breathe underwater?

Neither can dolphins.

They hold their breath just like we do while underwater. The only difference is they can hold it for a lot longer than we can, up to 12 minutes. So in order for us to be underwater with them for a longer amount of time we use a scuba.

Apr 03

Look Deep into a Dolphin’s Eyes

Did you know that dolphins have really cool eyes? Well, they do.

Cool Fact #1: They can move each eye independent of the other. Your mom might say she can do that, but dolphin moms really can.

Cool Fact #2: They have built-in goggles. Dolphins have a secretion that covers their eyes and helps protect them from infection, wash away debris and lubricates to help them see better underwater.

Mar 12

Orlando Spring Break Adventures at SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

Spring Break is here at last, and you know what that means-- time for amazing animal adventures. And what better place to experience these adventures than at SeaWorld Orlando and its sister parks, Aquatica and Discovery Cove.

Below are the top five must-see attractions for this spring break. Have you already done them? If not, perhaps you can this trip!

Feb 08

SeaWorld San Diego Valentine's Day Special: Trainer/Animal Relationships

Every day at SeaWorld San Diego, our park visitors meet amazing animals. They often ask how we teach these animals a variety of behaviors. Their curiosity may stem from enjoying a dynamic dolphin show, watching killer whales jump and spin, laughing at the sea lions sticking their tongue out on stage, or an otter waving at their family. Even with some of these complex behaviors, the answer is simple: The key to successful training is building a strong and rewarding relationship between trainer and animal. This relationship is based on a history of positive and stimulating interaction.

Nov 12

Question of the Day: How Long Can a Bottlenose Dolphin Hold Its Breath?

Did you know that green sea turtles can hold their breath for up to five hours? In comparison, an emperor penguin can hold its breath for about 20 minutes. How about a bottlenose dolphin? Watch the video below to find out!

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