Pacific Point Preserve
Across from that was a tank full of pretty large barracuda. Anna and Cara referred to them as the "cookie monster fish." Anna really liked watching the barracuda for some reason. Then we saw a tank full of sea dragons, which I found pretty amazing. They're just like sea horses, only they have lots of appendages sticking out of them that look like leaves - and it really hides them. You have to look kind of hard to see all of them among the real plants.
Next was the main attraction, the moving walkway through the shark tank. Very cool! As you approach the tunnel, you walk past several sets of shark jaws. Anna wanted me to walk as far away from the jaws as I could. In the tunnel, both Anna and Cara stared and pointed at all the sharks. For some reason, Anna kept saying to me, "It's not scary! It's not scary, daddy!" I would point out a shark to her - "look, there's one!" and she'd respond, "Yeah! And it's not scary!" I don't know if she was reassuring herself that it wasn't scary, or if she was so relieved to be away from the holes that she really didn't find it scary!
Horses, whales, and walruses
Whale & Dolphin Show
We then went to see another show involving lots of dolphins, false killer whales, some acrobats, high divers, and birds. This was a very good show - Beth & I's favorite. It of course had the dolphins and whales jumping and flipping, and it was cool seeing two dolphins push a trainer along the surface of the pool by his feet. But the coolest move was when a trainer was being pushed by his feet underwater by two dolphins, while simultaneously twirling him around and around as they pushed him.
- Dolphin show clip 1 (high divers)
- Dolphin show clip 2 (swinging acrobats)
- Dolphin show clip 3 (skiing on two dolphins)
- Dolphin show clip 4 (the finale)
The weather cooperated with us perfectly that day - it only rained (and rained hard) twice, and both times it did, we were sitting in the stadiums watching a show, so we never got wet.
Back for more
We saw the sea otter show, the dog & cat show, and wanted to catch the whale & dolphin show again. I got a little video of the whale & dolphin show - the girls still really enjoyed it, but were clearly much more tired than the previous day, so Anna, while she's clapping, isn't smiling like she was the first day. I should have taken the video when she had her big smile on. Oh well.
As we were leaving the park, I got a little bag of gummy bears and gummy gators, which you can see below was very popular with the girls. Cara again couldn't stay awake in the car on the way to Titi Toni's and took a power nap with her manatee.
I think the girls had big fun at SeaWorld, and even though we didn't make it to Disney's Magic Kingdom this time, I think it may have worked out better. We don't think the girls would have like standing an hour in lines for a ride - especially the 2nd day. Anna may have done OK with the TVs and cartoons I hear they have playing as you wait, but Cara definitely wouldn't have been able to stay still that long several times in the day. We'll come back when they're bigger - it wasn't our last trip to Orlando!
All our SeaWorld pictures and videos are in our photo gallery, under Vacations and Trips, 2007 Family Reunion, Seaworld.