Last Saturday we had the opportunity to visit SeaWorld in San Diego invited by our friend for My life is Journey and SeaWorld. It was incredible have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, sea lions, so close. The children were on a level of fascination, learning about marine life and being able to meet animals they had only seen on television.
We enjoyed seeing the passion and love of the veterinarians who take care of the animals. Even the kids want to play (sometimes rude) with the animals; they were there to protect the animals and be sure they were comfortable with the visitors.
Then, we realize that since the beginning of the park, the staff has had the mission of caring for the environment and animals. Which extends beyond the limits of the park. We meet the Animal Rescue Team, who has rescued more than 17,000 animals such as sea lions, seals, and seabirds in the last 50 years.
Animal Rescue Team
We visited the surgical room in SeaWorld, which contains personalized surgery table, X-ray equipment, ultrasound, endoscopy, and anesthesia. The medical facilities, which had the most modern diagnostic equipment, antibiotics, intravenous fluids and other medicines. The program is more that medical care, the refrigerator where several thousand pounds of fresh fish we’re ready for the animals. (Yes, I think the animals eat better than us.)
Advice: If you are sea lion or seal and you get sick, the best place to get sick in San Diego County.
But despite good care, animals that are rescued do not stay here forever. If animals after being rescued and medically rehabilitated demonstrate to the Animal Care Team that it can defend itself, the animal is returned to the ocean. To give these animals the best chance to survive, SeaWorld often returns them to the sea by boat.
Visitors to the park can learn more about SeaWorld’s rescue program by visiting the Rescue Plaza; where video screens reproduce images of marine animals given a second chance at life. Also, the general public can tune into the «Sea Rescue» television series, which tells the stories of the SeaWorld Rescue Team and its partners on rescue, rehabilitation and return of marine animals. The show, which won the Emmy and now in its sixth season, airs on ABC on Saturdays.
Thank you to SeaWorld for hosting our family to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are our own.