One Ocean, the main orca show at SeaWorld Orlando, shut down for a few months for renovation work in Shamu Stadium. In the meantime, guests were able to see the orcas in a special interim presentation called Shamu Up Close. This experience took place in the Dine With Shamu area, where trainers did sessions throughout the day highlighting how they train and care for the killer whales.
Now Shamu Up Close is over, as One Ocean has just moved into technical rehearsals in preparation for its relaunching on April 11. You can see it now, but it's still in the soft opening phase, so that means there could be glitches and interruptions. The bugs should all be worked out by the official April 11 reopening date.
While I love One Ocean, I was a big fan of Shamu Up Close, since I'm always fascinated by how the trainers work with these magnificent marine mammals. Click the video accompanying this article to see a training session that shows how they learn certain spins and how they learn to cooperate for health procedures like giving a urine sample.