Somehow Kate has lived in California for 7 years and hadn't been to Sea World - what?! I knew we had to remedy that and this weekend was our first opportunity, so we stuck her in the trunk of the car and went! Well, actually, she drove and picked us up and chauffered us around, but it was still, basically, a strong arm maneuver!
Everything went swimmingly! Cruise Director Kate kicked in as soon as we walked into the park and she got her hands on the map. She plotted out the shows that we would see and we just followed the lead. We first headed over to feed the sea lions, well, we made Kate feed them - so only she would have fishy hands. Bwah ha ha ha!
napping in the back of the tank - boring!
There was a manatee model, so we were able to give 'em a kiss...
...get nibbled by 'em...
...and showcase our incredible strength!
And I scored a sweet plush manatee in a sweatshirt because he's the hip hoppin' rap rockin' ManA-T!
Someone has posted the whole show on YouTube (in HD, even!) if you're curious. If you're pressed for time, just watch the first 15 seconds. You'll be knocked off your chair! (at 2:15 on this video, you can see the cat on the high wire crawling UPSIDE DOWN). My favorite was the cat who climbed the telephone pole and then jumped down into the arms of its trainer!
We also watched the seal and sea lion show, which was a parody of reality shows called "Sea Lions Live (SLL)" and was pretty ridiculously bad. Except we kind of really loved it.
It's true - Shamu rocks!