SeaWorld Orlando is getting a lot of flack because of the movie "Blackfish," but while the film makers freely distort the facts about the park's orcas, they gloss over its impressive rescue efforts. Every year, SeaWorld helps creatures like birds, dolphins, turtles, and manatees. They're given veterinary care and released whenever possible. If their injuries are permanent, they live out their lives at the park.
In 2013, I had a chance to witness one of the rescue success stories first hand. I was there when SeaWorld Orlando released four manatees back into their natural habitat, and it was very powerful to see the results of their work up close and personal.
Click the video accompanying this article to see the manatee release. As you can tell, all four of the manatees were very glad to be back home.
When you visit the park, you can see the manatees currently being cared for in the Turtle Trek attraction. You'll also see rescued sea turtles that live permanently in the habitat because they can't be returned to the ocean.
For more of my top 13 memories of 2013, use the links below to navigate:
- Transformers Grand Opening at Universal Studios Florida
- Shrink Wrapped Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center
- Overnight at the Magic Kingdom
- Antarctica opening at SeaWorld Orlando
- Night of Joy Lunch at Disney World
- Seeing John Landis at Halloween Horror Nights
- Scream Cam at HowlOScream
- Dining at Walt Disney World
- Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
- SeaWorld Orlando Manatee Release
- World of Chima at Legoland Florida
- Grape Stomping at Lakeridge Winery
- Nutcracker Tea at Rosen Shingle Creek