Blue World Project was announced this week across SeaWorld’s global parks.
I breathed a sigh of relief for three big reasons!
- It really hasn’t been a great year for my favorite marine themed park. Finances and attendances sank badly!
- We all know that SeaWorld needs to move with the times, and irrespective of pressure groups and debatably biased movies such as Blackfish.
My young family knows not to ask for a pet rabbit, and the SeaWorld execs are now beginning to appreciate why.
- Back in Dec 2013, I’d anticipated that SeaWorld would begin a transition away from live animal performance. I chewed my fingers ever since, wondering what took them so long!
As regular readers of my blog will know; I’m both a theme park fan and an animal lover, but I walk my family into SeaWorld under no illusions.
SeaWorld to me, has always been a chance for my family to learn, and that is not an excuse for being ill informed.
Even now, my family continues to learn from SeaWorld as a battle rages over animals in captivity.
Ironically, this week, news broke that African Elephants are now at a ‘tipping point’. More are dying each year that are being born. In 100 years time, the species is predicted to be gone. Probably a few captive specimens will be all that’s left.
Will we criticize the parks then for keeping the gene pool alive?
The Blue World Project (Better Environments For Killer Whales)
The new new developments heading to San Diego and Orlando, claim to provide;
50 feet in depth and 1.5 acres of surface area will enhance dynamic opportunities for play, including a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim across moving water.
Guests can walk alongside our killer whales as if at the shore, interact with them at depths found in the ocean, or see them from a bird’s eye view.
Increased interactions with SeaWorld experts and new programs will expand educational opportunities, fostering deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment.
A focus on husbandry and care allows our animal health professionals and independent scientists to better understand and care for killer whales here and in the wild.
Sure, that’s not the Ocean, but it’s a whole lot better than what’s there right now.
If anyone thinks that SeaWorld should return these animals to the Ocean, you are crazier than a whale on a bicycle!