Disney’s River Country had nothing on this new animal encounter!
SAN DIEGO, CA — SeaWorld has long been known for their amazing shows, featuring some of the most talented marine animals. They also provide research into marine animal behavior, and helps rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured ocean-dwellers.
In addition, as part of their education and outreach strategy, SeaWorld allows guests to interact with these amazing animals through programs like Swim with Dolphins, Swim with Beluga Whales, Dine with Shamu (featuring whole, raw fish!), and our favorite, Guess Who Pooped? – where guests help identify marine animal scat fresh from the filters.
Blackfish / black eye
It’s not all good for SeaWorld, however. The 2013 documentary Blackfish painted SeaWorld as hungry corporate monsters who only exploited the animals for profit. While that point of view has some support, SeaWorld still does so much good that the public pretty much ignored Blackfish. Guests continue to spend money at the SeaWorld parks.
Rather than shun those who made the documentary, or those who support its viewpoint, SeaWorld is actually reaching out to them. Those on team Blackfish have been invited to a new and exclusive Animal Encounter, at absolutely no cost!
An olive branch
After signing a few waivers, those guests opposed to SeaWorld will be allowed to enter any SeaWorld park for free. They can then spend a few hours protesting and mocking trainers if they choose. But when they are done, they will be escorted to a special tank (outside the view of other guests) where they will be able to swim with sharks!
To add to the Blackfish guests’ special treatment, the “Baby Shark” song will be blasted from speakers at high volume during the swim. And to make sure these special guests get the complete shark experience, SeaWorld will only feed the sharks once every two weeks. [Ed.: Any word on whether the sharks will have frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads?]
Fans of Blackfish are urged to sign up for this experience as soon as they can. Spots are limited, and the experience will only be available once every two weeks.
Churro shark, doo – doo – doo-doo – doo-doo!
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Cover photo: One of the new friends Blackfish supporters will meet! Photo courtesy Magda Ehlers via Pexels.