Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island is one of the most popular shows at Sea World Orlando and sadly this weekend is the last weekend for the show. The last shows will take place this sunday the 10th of August. If you have never seen the show then you should try and make it out there this weekend and see it before it sails away.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the special Media Day that Sea World put together for us this past Friday and I got to meet Clyde, Opie Otter and Slow Poke the Walrus. In addition we got to talk to some key people in the world of Clyde and Seamore and even ask a few questions. I have some audio interviews that will be coming your way later this week so that you can learn a little more about the world of Clyde and Seamore and how much Sea World truly cares about all the work that they do.
I can say that Sea World did a great job hosting the media and I was pleasantly surprised to see Shamu when I got there. Shamu was dressed up in his Pirate Outfit which I had never seen before. You guys are all getting to know me but something you may not know is that I like to collect pictures with characters. I have only been to Sea World in Orlando a few times so the Sea World collection of pictures is small. This is one that I can knock off my of list now.
After we got our pirate bandanas on and the whole group was there we headed off to play with some Sea lions. It was a treat to get to see the Sea World trainers teaching a young Sea Lion how to do tricks and then getting to see what a more advanced sea lion can do such as a flip.
After they showed us the piece on how they train them we got some close up time with the animals and their trainers. Here are a few images of the animals involved in the show. You can tell just from these pictures that the animals are very happy and that being a part of this show is just as rewarding for them as it is for us humans that get to watch the show.
After taking some time to talk to the trainers here are a few things I learned that I found to be very helpful in understanding the way thing are done at Sea World.
- Sea Lions train for 3-5 years before they appear in the shows and even then it may only be for one trick.
- They used to have Sea Lions that were specifically trained in the tricks for Clyde and some that were trained just for Seamore. However, that has changed and now 8 Sea Lions are trained in both sets of tricks out of the 12 that they have.
- Insider tip: If they leave the stage with one animal when they come back out it is usually a different animal. This is done so they all can participate
- Oldest Sea Lion at Sea World Orlando is a 28 year old male California Sea Lion.
- Opie Otter that is the ambassador for Sea World is 8 years old and he became the ambassador for Sea World when he was 3 months old.
- Otters all have very different personalities the one in the pictures above was very vocal similar to a vocal cat.
- The trainer pictured above with Opie Otter has been with him his entire life of 8 years.
- Slowpoke the Walrus pictured above is a 38 year old female her trainer has been with her for many years I do not recall the exact number but it was at least 10.
- Walrus’ have diets that change seasonally which can make them very high maintenance but also great fun.
After the meet and greet was over we got to stay and watch the show! This was great for me as I had never seen this version of the Clyde and Seamore show. The only version I have seen is the one that takes place at Sea World San Antonio. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I am sad to see it go but I am very excited about what is coming in 2015.
Once the show ended it was time for all of us media people to say goodbye to our gracious Sea World hosts and we got to go play in the park. It was a wonderful day and I highly encourage anyone that is in the Orlando area to head on over to Sea World Orlando to catch the last day of Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island. Come back soon for my interviews with Todd the head animal curator for Clyde and Seamore and with Kenny one of the Sea Lion trainers.
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