gisco wrote:The only thing I noticed on the trip was that some of the deer didn't look all that healthy.
Someone one told me on the TPR trip, and I don't remember who, that the orca came from Seaworld with the understanding that they were to build a larger performing stadium and breed them. Since none of that came about Seaworld wants the orca back but they refuse. Probably don't want to lose one of their star attractions. Take that rumor with a grain of salt.
They have been involved with this place for a long time. It's sad that it takes interviews with former staffers to get this to be news. When PETA has said anything in the past people have just rolled their eyes.
To a large degree, they have only themselves to blame for that.
Marineland is a "bit" sketchy. When you walk around a park that clearly hasn't spent a dollar on renovating even basic things (like their single restaurant) in 30 years, it's a good sign they are also probably cutting corners in the back of the house (animal care) as well. Didn't see anything overtly out of the normal in animal care during the day there though.. The trainers, feeders, etc, seemed to be acting exactly like I've seen at other aquariums/parks..I guess the only strange things I saw were the killer whale's dorsal fin was curling (think free willy), but I guess they all do that in captivity and a beluga whale that was all cut up, (like he was saved from a net)...I also found it interesting that they staffed security guards on either side of the shared killer whale/ beluga pool to prevent you from walking around to the back of pool which is currently being used as a holding tank for something, but was originally "on stage". On the bright side of things, they are currently building the "worlds largest aquarium", which will probably relinquish any of these concerns (someone PLEASE post a pic ).
Thanks Chad--- Note: This was originally announced in 2006. Their website (which is awesome because it still says copyright- 2009 ) lists some amazing details of this nearly completed attraction (read: baron land that hasn't been touched in years)
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