FIRST C-SECTION PERFORMED ON A SHARK
IN SEAWORLD HISTORY AT DISCOVERY COVE
Orlando, Fla. (August 1, 2013) - For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark. A team of shark experts and veterinarians performed the groundbreaking procedure on a whitetip reef shark at Discovery Cove, SeaWorld’s sister park, in Orlando on July 18, 2013.
Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary.
Whitetip reef sharks give birth to live young. In this case, four healthy pups were born. The pups each weighed less than three pounds at birth (1.04 kg-1.25 kg) and were about two feet long (58 cm-62 cm.). The Discovery Cove animal team and vets are continuing to monitor mom and her pups, who are doing well and eating and behaving normally. While these sharks are currently behind the scenes at Discovery Cove, guests can see other whitetip reef shark through glass while snorkeling in The Grand Reef or when participating in SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where guests -- wearing dive helmets – are able to explore life under the sea.
Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort experience where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, hand-feed exotic birds and relax on pristine beaches. To discover more, visit DiscoveryCove.com and follow us on Facebook.
· One of the four healthy whitetip reef shark pups born July 18, 2013 gets a close-up look from a Discovery Cove shark expert. Each of the pups weighed less than three pounds at birth and were about two feet long.
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CELEBRATE WEEKDAYS AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO® OR BUSCH GARDENS® TAMPA WITH NEW $50 WEEKDAY TICKET
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 31, 2013) – Everyone loves weekends, but SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa now have a reason to celebrate the weekdays, too. Guests can explore Antarctica: Empire of the PenguinTM and the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld Orlando, or experience thrilling attractions and amazing land animals at Busch Gardens Tampa with the all-new $50 Weekday Ticket, on sale August 1 through December 20, 2013, for $50 for a single-day admission, Mondays through Fridays.
At SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, families are transported into an icy world like they’ve never seen before where they can explore the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, guests step off and explore a massive penguin colony of nearly 250 feathered friends – gentoo, rockhopper, Adélie and king penguins -- in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world. It’s a must-see, one-of-a-kind experience only at SeaWorld Orlando.
Busch Gardens Tampa offers an unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows and thrilling rides. Dive like a bird of prey aboard the thrilling coaster SheiKra. Soar like an eagle, roar like a tiger, and discover shared family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Safari of Fun. And, nowhere is the spirit of discovery more alive than on Cheetah Hunt, the breathtaking, multilaunch coaster sprinting across the Serengeti.
The $50 Weekday Ticket is available online to U.S. residents at SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampa.com or by calling (888) 800-5447. The $50 Weekday Ticket is valid for one weekday’s admission to either SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa and must be used by Friday, December 20, 2013.
For an additional $25, guests may add a day’s visit to Aquatica Orlando with the purchase of the SeaWorld Orlando Weekday ticket, or add a day’s visit to Adventure Island Tampa with the purchase of the Busch Gardens Tampa Weekday Ticket. Guests may only purchase the additional visit to a waterpark with the purchase of the $50 Weekday Ticket.
To learn more about the new $50 Weekday Ticket,and to purchase, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampa.com.
About SeaWorld Orlando
Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta®. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu® show One Ocean®. Share an epic voyage with sea turtles on the 3D 360 TurtleTrek®. And there’s nothing cooler than to see the world through the eyes of a penguin in the thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™. An ocean of fun is waiting to be explored right here at SeaWorld Orlando. Jump in and dive deep.
About Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens® Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 297 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.
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OVERVIEW: Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta®. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu® show One Ocean®. Share an epic voyage with sea turtles on the 3D 360 TurtleTrek®. And there’s nothing cooler than to see the world through the eyes of a penguin in the thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™. An ocean of fun is waiting to be explored right here at SeaWorld Orlando. Jump in and dive deep.
LOCATION: Intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528 (the Beachline Expressway), 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport
PARK HOURS: Open year-round from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours during summer and holidays. Allow a full day to see all shows and attractions.
ADMISSION: Ages 10+ $89.00 (plus tax); Ages 3-9 $81.00 (plus tax); Ages two and under are free. Prices are subject to change without notice. Discounts available for guests with disabilities, senior citizens, military personnel and CAA members. SeaWorld is honored to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2012, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any of the SeaWorld parks, Busch Gardens® parks or Sesame Place® with a single-day complimentary admission.
ONLINE: SeaWorld tickets and annual passes can be purchased online at SeaWorldOrlando.com. When purchased online, tickets to SeaWorld Orlando can be printed at home for fast and easy entry.
SeaWorld vacation packages include special benefits such as early entry and front-of-the-line access. Go to SeaWorldGetaways.com for more.
ANIMAL RESCUE: In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean.
SeaWorld® animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.
More information can be found at SeaWorldCares.com.
SeaWorld’s award-winning Web site is an online resource for students and teachers alike. For information about marine animals, go to SeaWorld.org.
GUEST SERVICES: Strollers, wheelchairs, lockers and indoor, climate-controlled pet kennels are available for rental. Wheelchair seating is available at all facilities. Diaper-changing and baby-nursing areas, first aid, foreign currency exchange, automated teller machine, taxi and bus parking are all found on site.
AQUATICA & Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark
DISCOVERY COVE that could only come from SeaWorld. Rivers range from relaxing to racing and slides spin and soak – including two through a lagoon of playful, black and white Commerson’s dolphins. It’s where serene-to-extreme waters fill double wave pools, sun and shade cover the beach and fun is as endless as the sea.
Discovery Cove® is an all-inclusive day resort experience that’s one of a kind. Swim with dolphins, snorkel among colorful fish and rays, hand-feed tropical birds and unwind on pristine beaches. Find the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation in The Grand Reef®, and come face-to-face with playful otters and curious marmosets in the all-new Freshwater OasisTM.
ALL NEW! Antarctica: Empire of the PenguinTM We’re embarking on SeaWorld’s single biggest attraction expansion ever -- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Guests will experience the mystery and wonder of Antarctic life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes dangerous habitat. SeaWorld’s Antarctica is a family-ride that combines closer-than-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.
SeaWorld Orlando’s new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. They’ll feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. They’ll explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world. It’s a must-see, one-of-a-kind theme park experience only at SeaWorld in Orlando.
TurtleTrek® is one of the first attractions with two massive naturalistic habitats, home to manatees and sea turtles, and a 3-D 360 degree dome theater. The dome allows a hyper-realistic 3D movie to be shown all around guests and even above them – not just in front of them or on only one screen. It’s this unique and immersive way of showcasing a sea turtle’s epic and astounding journey. Guests see two massive naturalistic habitats, one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles.
Sharks Underwater Grill® Enjoy fine dining and a fascinating view in an upscale, full-service restaurant that puts world-class entrees on your plate and a window into the world of sharks before your eyes. Let our skilled chefs, courteous staff and mesmerizing sharks make a memory for you. Priority seating can be arranged online at seaworldorlando.com or by visiting the host stand at the restaurant.
Dine with Shamu® is Orlando's most immersive and memorable family dining experience. Guests get closer than ever to SeaWorld’s majestic whales while enjoying a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items at a reserved poolside table.
They’ll get an incredible glimpse into the interactions that occur between SeaWorld’s trainers and whales. They’ll find out what makes killer whales such unique animals. And, everyone will learn about the many things we all can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.
It’s a behind-the-scenes experience that will connect guests to the world we share like never before and it’s only at SeaWorld Orlando.
Manta® is a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride.
The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta tops the list of don’t-miss theme park attractions.
Kraken® – Orlando’s only floorless roller coaster – is themed after a massive, mythological underwater beast unleashed from the depths of the sea. Riders’ feet dangle as they travel in open-sided seats, riding on a pedestal above the track at highway speeds to heights of more than 150 feet.
Journey to Atlantis® is an edge-of-your-seat watercoaster -- part water ride, part roller coaster -- thrill ride that plunges guests into the middle of a clash for the lost city of Atlantis. Riders encounter spine-tingling thrills, including two of the steepest, wettest and fastest drops to be found at any theme park in the world.
Wild Arctic® takes guests on a thrilling, motion-based flight over the frozen North where they are enveloped in the beauty, exhilaration and danger of Arctic exploration. Stepping from the simulated jetcopter experience they enter a frozen wonderland with live beluga whales, walruses, harbor seals and polar bears.
One Ocean® is SeaWorld’s whale show that connects guests to the sea, and whales, with a new level of energy and excitement while it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world.
Blue Horizons® is a breakthrough theatrical spectacular that showcases graceful dolphins, a rainbow of exotic birds and an entire cast of world-class divers and aerialists draped in elaborate costumes. The vivid imagination of a young girl sets the stage for an emotional adventure to experience the power of the sea and the elegance of flight.
Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island® stars the park's hilarious sea lions, otters and walrus in a swashbuckling adventure and a sensational tale of lost loot, pirate plunder and misadventure on the high seas.
Pets Ahoy! ® is a comical show featuring the talents of a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, rats, skunks, pot-belly pigs, and other animals performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits. Most impressive is the fact that nearly all of the fabulous four-legged celebs were rescued from animal shelters before they found their fame at SeaWorld.
A'Lure, The Call of the Ocean™ tells the spectacular tale of the Sea Sirens, whose hypnotic calls have lured fisherman into their underwater lairs f or centuries. It's a mariner’s story that comes to life with flying athletic performers, gravity-defying aerial tumblers and amazing silk yo-yo artists.
Key West at SeaWorld® spans five acres and celebrates the legendary mystique and animals of the Florida Keys while it immerses guests in the quirky, carefree ambiance of America's southernmost city. Guests may feed and touch dolphins in a tropical lagoon with rolling waves, a sandy beach, underwater viewing and naturalistic coral reef -- as well as feed stingrays and see endangered sea turtles up-close.
Pacific Point Preserve® is home to California sea lions and harbor seals. The 2½-acre naturalistic setting duplicates the rocky Northern Pacific coast.
Shark Encounter® takes guests underwater through an almost 85-foot tunnel that surrounds them with the spine-chilling denizens of the deep, including barracuda, venomous fish and sharks.
Dolphin Nursery is home to dolphin mothers and their newborn calves.
Shamu’s Happy Harbor® is a play area at SeaWorld features fun for the entire family. Shamu Express® is the park’s first family-oriented roller coaster. Themed after SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, Shamu Express thrills children and parents alike while traveling down more than 850 feet of track at 26 mph. Jazzy Jellies lifts and spins families in over- sized seats, while Swishy Fishies enables adventurous youngsters to spin around a giant waterspout. Shamu’s Happy Harbor also features the Sea Carousel, the Flying Fiddler, a giant fiddler crab that descends vertically in a quick series of short drops; and Ocean Commotion, a fanta-sea themed tug boat that swings passengers side to
side. SeaWorld’s littlest guests can explore four stories of colorful climbing nets and tunnels, nine slippery slides and a splashy water maze.
IMMERSIVE ANIMAL CONNECTION EXPERIENCES:
VIP moments bring to life an array of opportunities to interact with amazing animals, and experience up-close tours and educational programs. Available year-round, these wild adventures offer a one-of-a-kind gift that creates a lifetime of memories. Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.
Beluga Interaction Program
The Beluga Interaction Program is one of the few programs in the world where guests can experience up-close, hands-on interactions with majestic beluga whales. Participants suit up and kneel in the chilly 55-degree water for a shallow-water encounter in the whales’ habitat at Wild Arctic. The program is limited to four guests per session, and participants must be at least 10 years old.
Marine Mammal Keeper Experience
From preparing daily diets to helping rescued manatees, guests work alongside marine mammal experts to learn about manatees, dolphins, sea lions, beluga whales. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. The 8-hour tour is $399 per person and includes park admission.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.
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