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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:51 pm

https://seaworldcares.com/en/2016/08/SeaWorld-San-Diego-Breaks-Ground-on-Ocean-Explorer/

Today SeaWorld San Diego broke ground on an exciting and much-anticipated new attraction, the Ocean Explorer.

“I’m extremely excited about Ocean Explorer and I know our guests, of all ages, are going to love this fun, interactive and educational new area of the park,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego’s park president.



The Ocean Explorer will debut in 2017 and will “create an expedition of wonder across the seven seas.” A few of the can’t miss features include:

Mini submarines, the signature ride of the attraction, will turn visitors into researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals.
A series of undersea research bases that will bring visitors eye-to-eye with Giant Pacific octopuses, Japanese spider crabs and Moray eels
And a number of cephalopod themed rides.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates as SeaWorld San Diego gets closer to opening the park’s newest encounter in summer 2017.
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Postby Jew » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:51 pm

Here's a photo of the groundbreaking ceremony. Glad to see Sea World getting something new.
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From left: San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders, SeaWorld® San

Diego Park President Marilyn Hannes, San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and San Diego Tourism

Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi took part in a special groundbreaking ceremony for an exciting

new attraction, Ocean Explorer, which is scheduled to debut at SeaWorld® in late spring 2017.

Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San Diego
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Postby JordyC » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:07 pm

That's a very solid expansion! Looking forward to see the construction. I'll keep an eye on this one.
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Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:25 pm

Well we knew Seaworld announced they would end their orca shows and breeding, but now it is officiall illegal in California

California has banned SeaWorld’s killer whale breeding program and entertainment shows under a new measure signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

The decision follows the park’s promise earlier this year to end its controversial orca shows.

Under the new measure, a bill titled SB839, corporations, and individuals are prohibited from breeding killer whales in captivity. Those who break the new law can be fined up to $100,000.

The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom from Santa Monica, made an exception for educational institutions who intend on researching and rehabilitating the marine mammals. Mr Bloom celebrated Governor Brown’s decision on Twitter late Tuesday night.

“Very pleased to announce that my law protecting #orca from captive breeding in California was signed by @JerryBrownGov today,” he wrote.

The company still holds 24 orcas in captivity at parks in California, Texas, and Florida. In a statement, SeaWorld said that the new law is in line with the company's views. They also pointed out that they are legally permitted to capture new whales with the intentions of returning them into the wild.

"The bill does allow for SeaWorld to rescue and rehabilitate stranded orcas, with the goal of returning them to the wild, as is the case with all animals we rescue." the company said on its website. "And, if the federal government determines that the orca is not releasable, that animal could stay in SeaWorld’s care.

SeaWorld’s attendance has plunged since the documentary Blackfish was released in 2013, which criticized the park’s treatment of its whales. The company’s shares have also dropped more than 62 per cent in the past three years and are down 37 per cent year-to-date.

In March, SeaWorld promised to abandon its breeding programs and entertainment performances to focus on educational endeavors. The park’s San Diego branch plans to unveil their first new orca display by 2019.

"SeaWorld has been listening and we’re changing,” the company said in a statement. “Society is changing and we’re changing with it. SeaWorld is finding new ways to continue to deliver on our purpose to inspire all our guests to take action to protect wild animals and wild places.”

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Postby PeoplemoverMatt » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:41 pm

Our state government has entirely too much free time on its hands. One day they'll solve an actual, real problem. Just not sure when that's going to be... :roll:
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Postby coasterbill » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:41 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:"The bill does allow for SeaWorld to rescue and rehabilitate stranded orcas, with the goal of returning them to the wild, as is the case with all animals we rescue." the company said on its website. "And, if the federal government determines that the orca is not releasable, that animal could stay in SeaWorld’s care.


This is really the direction I see this parks heading in but this is the first time I've seen them actually acknowledge it. They'll always have orcas and honestly I think that's great news.

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Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:28 am

^Out of genuine curiosity, when was the last time they actually had to rescue an orca?

I don't think I've ever heard of an orca being rescued, rehabilitated and released. I remember JJ the baby gray whale down in San Diego that got rehabbed and released, as well as dolphins, pilot whales, turtles, sea lions, etc. Seaworld is definitely really good at rescue and rehabilitation. But an orca? As long as we don't eff up the oceans too much, orcas are very resilient. They beach themselves on purpose to grab seals and scoot back into the ocean. I've heard that it is risky and they can get stranded if they don't calculate it correctly, but if one was found, they might just help it back into the water rather than capture it. I'd really like to know if Seaworld has actually rescued and captured an orca in recent years.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Hercules » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:31 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:^Out of genuine curiosity, when was the last time they actually had to rescue an orca?

I don't think I've ever heard of an orca being rescued, rehabilitated and released. I remember JJ the baby gray whale down in San Diego that got rehabbed and released, as well as dolphins, pilot whales, turtles, sea lions, etc. Seaworld is definitely really good at rescue and rehabilitation. But an orca? As long as we don't eff up the oceans too much, orcas are very resilient. They beach themselves on purpose to grab seals and scoot back into the ocean. I've heard that it is risky and they can get stranded if they don't calculate it correctly, but if one was found, they might just help it back into the water rather than capture it. I'd really like to know if Seaworld has actually rescued and captured an orca in recent years.


They certainly haven't rescued one.

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Postby coasterbill » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:42 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:^Out of genuine curiosity, when was the last time they actually had to rescue an orca?

I don't think I've ever heard of an orca being rescued, rehabilitated and released. I remember JJ the baby gray whale down in San Diego that got rehabbed and released, as well as dolphins, pilot whales, turtles, sea lions, etc. Seaworld is definitely really good at rescue and rehabilitation. But an orca? As long as we don't eff up the oceans too much, orcas are very resilient. They beach themselves on purpose to grab seals and scoot back into the ocean. I've heard that it is risky and they can get stranded if they don't calculate it correctly, but if one was found, they might just help it back into the water rather than capture it. I'd really like to know if Seaworld has actually rescued and captured an orca in recent years.


You're entirely correct, but it's probably going to be 50 years (minimum) before this generation is gone so my guess would be that they would shift their focus into rehabilitation or housing non releasable orcas in order to keep them part of the parks. There were certainty some examples of whales that should have been deemed non releasable. Wasn't there an effort to bring Luna (the whale in the Puget Sound who kept trying to interact with humans) to Sea World or a similar park at one point? I'm not speaking with any authority on this but I could see them putting more focus on these types of things down the line, especially because it's a foregone conclusion that humans will continue to treat the ocean like crap, leading to more marine animals that need rehabilitation.

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:05 pm

Do we know if the definition of "Rescue" is strictly limited to the Ocean? I know I have seen lots of whales; while with the TPR on trips, that Sea World could "Rescue". Sea World offers much better habitats and engagement programs for their animals. So, I could see them getting an animal from other parks that want or need to give up their animals.

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