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Casssie Christmas 2017...day 11...SeaWorld

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Cassie, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Cassie

    Cassie Well-Known Member

    Another really cold day today...thermal vest, long sleeve t-shirt and hoodie! Dave has a hot coffee when we get into the park. I don’t drink tea or coffee but try my very first hot chocolate....two sips and I’m done...not for me.
    The flamingos are making a lot of noise and seem to be in their own little clicks.
    Because of the cold there are only five dolphins out in dolphin bay. We are told that the bring in a special truck that the dolphins can swim into the back and the take them to a warmer area.

    The dolphins in the nursery are happy enough chasing each other about and looking to see who is watching them.
    We check out the pelicans who I love to watch. They are often busy building nests.
    Most of the boats on Journey to Atlantis are empty today. We visit the little aquarium at the back of the ride.before heading to the outdoor manatee area. We hear that one of the manatee is to be released tomorrow.

    The sea lions are extremely active. Probably to keep warm.

    We head for Dolphin Days. I know we watched this last week but we love the show and usually watch it or the equivalent each visit. The trainers must have been absolutely freezing.
    Lunch is our usual noodles and orange chicken for me, shrimp for Dave. Although this time we eat inside. It seems to have warmed up a teeny tiny amount when we come back out.

    I chat to A friend who works here at SeaWorld at various times throughout the day. She finishes work at 5pm and is then joining us for the last two hours as the park closes at 7pm tonight...then we plan to go for a meal together at Olive Garden.

    Now, last week we didn’t have time to visit Wild Arctic so we haven’t seen Ginger the baby walrus since last summer. She is now with Aku who was rescued from Alaska who is roughly the same age. Awe has a growth on his eye which he had when he was rescued. Staff are doing all they can but it looks like he may loose the eye. They are gorgeous and Ginger is twice the size she was. They swim about for a while and then staff come into the enclosure with what looks like a sleigh and they also start up a snow machine. Ginger is straight in there while Aku is so curious as to where the snow is coming from and investigates this for a while.
    We stay at Wild Arctic for some time, also visiting the Belugas and Ginger’s mum and dad....Garfield and Kaboodle.
    We just miss the start of the killer whales show, One Ocean. So we slide into a seat as quick as we could, we have only missed a couple of minutes.
    Time to get Dave a coffee and catch up with our friend. We visit the Christmas market. There is a group playing saxophone es which is my favourite instrument to listen to and, just as we walk up to the, they start playing my favourite Christmas tune....Carol of Bells. We sit by one of the fires and listen to them for a while.
    We then actually go back and watch the full version of One Ocean!

    On the way out we go to the dolphin nursery.

    WE all go in our hire car to Olive Garden and it is after 10pm when we leave. Time flies as we chat for England. We go back to SeaWorld to drop our friend off who left her car there. It is weird seeing the guest carpark totally empty. And.....we get to visit a couple of areas after hours.

    A very late night tonight!

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  2. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    I bet the trainers were freezing even in wet suits. Strange how the splash zone in the stadium was also empty ! But I think you are making it up about the cold. Look at the sunburn on those flamingos LOL
  3. winnie72

    winnie72 Well-Known Member

    More great pictures. It must be very strange being there in the cold
  4. tinklancs

    tinklancs Well-Known Member

    Very envious of your visits to SeaWorld especially after hours!!
  5. Cassie

    Cassie Well-Known Member

    the trainers were good most shows and got the whales to swim up to the glass. tail up and out of the water as they do BUT instead of splashing, they would just wave lol
  6. Cassie

    Cassie Well-Known Member

    we've had a couple of cold winters in Florida. About 8 years back we were snapping icicles off the plants
  7. Cassie

    Cassie Well-Known Member

    we were there yesterday too....back home now. About 5 days behind on trip reports

    DAVE&JEN Well-Known Member

    Lovely photos again. You had a great day despite the cold.
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  9. kareneff

    kareneff Well-Known Member

    How nice that you got to go to some areas after hours. A great day.
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  10. Disney Duck

    Disney Duck Well-Known Member

    Great day and lovely photos, nice to meet up with your friend for a while too. Your not selling this to me Cassie, all this cold my arthritis is playing up just reading about it.
  11. Cassie

    Cassie Well-Known Member

    Yeah...that's why Dave likes our summer trips best...the heat helps his pains

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