SEAWORLD VISITORS CAN ‘SEE WHAT THE VETS SEE’ DURING SPECIAL
BEHIND-THE-SCENES OPPORTUNITIES IN SEPTEMBER
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 4, 2019) -- SeaWorld visitors can “See What the Vets See” during special behind-
the-scenes opportunities at the marine park during two weekends in September. It’s all part of
Inside Look, where park guests can go beyond the shows, rides and attractions to get an up close
look at how SeaWorld cares for its family of animals during incredible opportunities at seven
different locations, Sept. 7–8 and 14–15.
During Inside Look, visitors will be able to look behind the curtain at the habitats for
dolphins, orcas, Humboldt penguins and beluga whales, as well as get a rare glimpse of SeaWorld’s
Animal Health and Rescue Center and Oiled Wildlife Care Center. They may even get the chance to
witness a veterinary exam or procedure. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Project Wildlife
will join in the program, giving visitors an inside perspective on how SeaWorld collaborates with
partner agencies in animal rescue, research and conservation. The best part of Inside Look is that
it’s open to all guests and included with park admission. Guests who visit all seven areas and have
their Explorer’s Guide stamped can collect a free 2019 beluga-themed Expert Explorer pin.
A CLOSER LOOK AT INSIDE LOOK:
SeaWorld to the rescue!
1. Rescue and research collaboration
Visitors to this area will meet the SeaWorld Rescue Team and learn how they care for hundreds
of stranded and sick animals every year, with the goal of rehabilitating and returning them for a
second chance at life. Plus, participants will hear from senior researchers with Hubbs-SeaWorld
Research Institute (HSWRI).
a. Sept. 7 and 8 Dr. Brent Stewart and Dr. Pam Yochem will speak about the collaborative research
between SeaWorld and HSWRI on post-return behavior and survival of stranded marine
mammals and sea turtles.
b. Sept. 14 and 15 Dr. Ann Bowles will speak about how HSWRI collaborates with SeaWorld on research aimed at preventing harmful interactions between humans and marine mammals, such
as entanglement in marine debris and fishing gear.
2. Veterinary hospital
From penguins to sea stars to beluga whales and more, SeaWorld’s veterinarians care for all
different types of animals. Visitors to the park’s animal hospital will see where the veterinary
team performs examinations and medical procedures, and will get a sneak peek at the
laboratory where all of diagnostic samples are analyzed. Lucky guests may even catch one of the
veterinarians in action doing an exam.
3. Humboldt penguins
While cold weather penguins may get all the attention, here is a chance to learn more about the
conservation successes and challenges for a temperate-climate species: the Humboldt penguin.
Most visitors to SeaWorld have probably never seen the Humboldt penguin colony, as it is
behind the scenes and can only be accessed during special tours.
4. Orca care seen from above
Visitors to this area will see how orca behaviorists and veterinarians weigh the whales, conduct
health exams, conduct ultrasounds and perform hearing studies. They’ll also learn how the care of
SeaWorld’s whales helps wild populations. This unique opportunity will take place in the skywalks
overlooking the orca care and research facility.
5. Bird rescue and conservation
Everyone knows that SeaWorld rescues marine mammals and sea turtles, but they may not know
that birds constitute the vast majority of animals rescued by the park. Guests will meet the bird
rescue team and learn how they care for injured and ill birds, and are ready to respond in the event
of an oil spill. Visitors will also meet members of Project Wildlife, a program of San Diego Humane
Society, and learn how they work together with SeaWorld to help local injured birds.
6. Daily care of bottlenose dolphins
Guests will get up close to dolphins and learn about their care from SeaWorld veterinarians and
behaviorists. Guests may witness routine husbandry practices, which are all part of the dolphins’
7. Beluga whales and water quality
Visitors to the beluga habitat at Wild Arctic will learn all about this amazing arctic species and may
even catch a glimpse of behaviorists conducting a health exam with a beluga whale. They’ll also
learn about the importance of clean water. In order to ensure a healthy environment for all of
SeaWorld’s animals, a team of water quality professionals works around the clock testing water,
cleaning pools and monitoring systems.
The best way to enjoy SeaWorld all year long is with a SeaWorld Silver “SoCal”
Annual Pass, which allows repeat admission for one year with no blockout dates, plus free
general parking, discounts, two free guest tickets for promotional dates and more. And,
every visit to a SeaWorld park helps support its animal rescue program. For more
information visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA.
SeaWorld San Diego is one of the most popular marine parks in the world and is a global leader in
marine animal care and welfare, education, conservation, research and rescue. Through exciting
and educational attractions, shows and exhibits, SeaWorld creates fun and meaningful
experiences—experiences that matter—where guests can explore, become inspired to care about
animals and wild wonders of the world, and to act to help protect them. SeaWorld San Diego, which
opened in March of 1964, is one of 12 parks operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Every
visit to a SeaWorld park helps support its animal rescue program. Seeing animals at SeaWorld
supports saving them in the wild.