Dolphin Point Press Release
7/12/2016 1:12:00 PM
SEAWORLD’S DOLPHIN INTERACTION AREA HAS
MORE WAYS THAN EVER TO CONNECT WITH DOLPHINS
Dolphin Point, the dolphin interaction area at SeaWorld® San Diego, offers several interactive experiences that allow guests to get closer to dolphins than ever before.
The dolphin connection experience allows guests to interact with the dolphins and their trainers in a whole new way. At specified times throughout the day, trainers get in the water and play, swim and splash with the dolphins. Guests around the ledge of the pool can get in on the fun and become part of the action, while learning about these amazing marine mammals and SeaWorld's training techniques. Guests may even have the opportunity to rub down, feed, watch a medical checkup or give the dolphins training signals just like a SeaWorld dolphin trainer. The daily experience, which is free with park admission, replaces the paid feeding experience.
“This new experience at Dolphin Point is a great opportunity for guests to interact with dolphins at no additional cost,” says Robbin Sheets, assistant curator of animal training. “Everyone is having a great time: the park guests, trainers and dolphins!”
In addition to dolphin connection experiences, guests can come by and interact with the dolphins any time at Dolphin Point while trainers are on site. Dolphin Point is open to the public from when the park opens until the last Shamu show of the day.
For animal lovers who want an even more immersive animal experience, SeaWorld’s Dolphin Interaction Program (DIP) can be a dream come true. Up to 12 DIP participants per session (maximum of six per group) slip into SeaWorld wet suits and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Guests enter SeaWorld’s dolphin interaction pool for approximately 20 minutes, where they feed, touch and interact with bottlenose dolphins. The wet suits and booties make dipping into the temperate water a comfortable experience and swimming skills are not required during these shallow-area interactions. Participants must be at least 10 years old and 48 inches tall.
Guests who want to get close to bottlenose dolphins without getting in the water can participate in the Dolphin Encounter, a separate private experience. During the 10-minute, trainer-guided program, guests are guaranteed to touch, feed and train dolphins, while learning about the species’ natural history, conservation and training. For current prices on SeaWorld’s DIP and Dolphin Encounter, visit SeaWorld’s website (www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com) or call (800) 257-4268.
SeaWorld’s animal training and mammal teams care for the dolphins by using innovative behavioral and environmental enrichment techniques pioneered by SeaWorld marine animal experts. SeaWorld is an industry leader in best practices that enhance animals’ health and well-being. The Dolphin Point pools consist of 620,000 gallons of salt water, which are maintained between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
An adult bottlenose dolphin weighs about 500 pounds and eats about four to five percent of its body weight per day. A SeaWorld dolphin diet consists of several types of fish, squid and shrimp prepared daily by animal care specialists. At any given time, there are more than a dozen bottlenose dolphins in the habitat. More than 80 dolphin calves have been born at SeaWorld since the early 1970s.
SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. Admission is $89.99 for ages 10 and older; $83.99 for ages 3–9; free for under 3. Parking is $17; $12 for motorcycles; $22 for RVs and Up-Close. Park hours vary by season. Visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (800) 257-4268 for hours and information.
About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
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Updated: July 2016