But regardless, I freaking LOVED it. I want to go back tomorrow. I wish it wasn't so expensive to get in! So I'll just reminisce about yesterday's trip with an extremely long and unnecessarily detailed recap. I warned you you would be seeing more animals here. Click the X now if you don't want to look at lots of pictures of awesome sea creatures.
The dolphin show was the very first thing we saw when we got in the park. The show was starting right as we walked in and luckily there were still seats left. The show told the story of a girl but I don't even really remember what the story was. I really couldn't get pictures of the dolphins doing their tricks because not only did I want to watch, but they were so fast and unpredictable!
Here's one little guy just scooting around the pool upright. See his friends just waiting to be fed in the back? I am still in awe of the what the trainers are capable of training the animals to do. The first few rows in the stadium were called the "Soak Zone" and the dolphins would literally use their tails and splash the audience. And it was like they knew it was funny.
The beluga whale in the show was also pretty awesome. Yes there are acrobats in the air who were part of the show. There were also birds. But seriously, they don't even matter. The beluga and the dolphins were the stars.
The we went straight to the sea lion show. I have to say I think the sea lion show was my favorite! We had horrible seats for picture taking so I don't have a lot of pictures, but the show was based on Saturday Night Live and the sea lions did parodies of lots of popular shows, like CSI, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, and a few others. The sea lions look like little old men, do they not?
Then we went to the shark encounter. You're on a moving walkway like in the airport that moves you through a glass tunnel and there are sharks all around. I couldn't get any good quality pictures because it was dark and I am not talented enough to use a camera without a flash in a dark room without taking 1000 test pictures. And the flash reflected off the glass. But I'm grateful the glass was there because the sharks were creepy.
I got to pet penguins but Matt didn't take any pictures of me! It was probably my favorite experience of the whole day too! Jerk... :)
This guy seriously bobbed up in down in the water in that spot for 10 minutes. We kept waiting for him to move but he was content just bobbing up and down.
Matt eating chemicals in the form of ice cream. He's obsessed with banana split Dippin' Dots. he seeks out Dippin' Dots at every amusement park we ever go to.
The last thing we did was see the Shamu show. Like seriously, I was in awe of it. We got in line early to get really good seats and I'm so glad we did. We just kept looking at each other with open mouths like .....whoa. It was amazing to watch the interaction between the trainers and the killer whales.
Shamu also splashed the audience and it seriously was like a tidal wave. Matt was really tired and didn't want to get wet, but next time when we go back, we'll be wearing bathing suits so we can ride the rides and sit in the soak zone!