The Truth Behind SeaWorld


June 19, 2017

By: Maiss, Youth Advisory Council member 

Editor’s note: The following is from Maiss, a guest teen blogger and SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council member. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council was launched in 2015 and is made up of a group of energetic, passionate, hard-working, won’t-take-no-for an-answer teens! Our goal when creating the Council, was to inspire future leaders.  As it turns out, they were the ones who ended up inspiring us. 

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As someone who has never personally visited a SeaWorld Park, it was very difficult for me to form a concrete opinion of the parks. I have been eager to find out more about the message SeaWorld hopes to pass on to its visitors, and recently, I finally discovered how to do this.  

Although SeaWorld is known for connecting individuals to the beauty of the ocean, people often do not realize the immense amount of work SeaWorld does for animals. SeaWorld not only continuously works to rescue animals that are in danger in their communities, but SeaWorld also educates individuals on the importance of conserving animals. This series of blog posts will focus on showcasing SeaWorld from a new perspective, the perspective of a first time visitor. Through this series, I will give honest opinions of first-hand experiences I have at the park. I hope to share with you all the details of how SeaWorld impacts my life and how I can take what I have learned home to inspire change in my own community. Hopefully, this blog will be your way of experiencing all that SeaWorld has to offer, which is a lot more than what many may currently believe.

When many think of SeaWorld, an image of orcas and incredible roller coasters probably comes to mind. We automatically picture a variety of animals swimming happily through the SeaWorld tanks. While this is often the image associated with SeaWorld, when I visited the park for the first time, I was interested in a different aspect of my experience. While the rides and animals were amazing, watching the SeaWorld Rescue Team rescue a manatee was the best part of my day.

Witnessing the SeaWorld staff so quickly, yet carefully taking this manatee in and beginning to assist it was an amazing sight. The best part of this experience was knowing that this isn’t a rare occurrence; SeaWorld has rescued over 30,000 animals throughout the past five decades. This is truly amazing and is a part of SeaWorld that conservationists around the world should be extremely proud of. Therefore, next time you are planning a trip, consider SeaWorld as a fun, but also conservation-friendly option.

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