Sea World’s Shamu

Yes. I’m known to always change themes after certain period of time. It was probably the best front page I’ve created but after a near 400 likes on my 2.22 Destinations (thank you), I finally decided to change it again.

I was invited to come with my second family, the Katimbang family, to come with them to Sea World in San Diego. We’ve been to the one in Florida before so this was a nice recollection of the days we had in the south.

Sea World wasn’t impressing me that much. Then again, theme parks no longer do it for me anyways. I really am getting old … fast.Β I just can’t seem to enjoy it any longer even if I was with a family with two kids.

Until we got to the Shamu Show…


I like it. It was simpler than the other shows. Other shows are made over-dramatic. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›


The orcas look magnificent to watch. The show was wonderful andΒ insipiring, and veryΒ fun!


The fun part is when they wet the crowd. The “they” includes the orcas themselves.


Some of us sat on the Wet Zone bleachers. Some of us, including me, didn’t. Here are scenes from the Wet Zone…




One of the two kids is Caleb. I snapped him one of my proudest portraits.

Extreme cuteness ahead …


I once introduced him in one of my posts. When we were in Roccaraso, Italy …

HyperΒ and naughty as he alwaysΒ is, he did got wet because he sat on the Wet Zone …Β caleb2

And this girl in the front … I wish I either knocked those heads in front of the camera πŸ˜€ or stood up to get better picture but …


I remained seated …

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The “star of the show” in Sea World really IS THE star of the show. If not for it, Sea World might have disappointed me completely.

The new header photo is takenΒ at Sunset Cliff Boulevard during sunrise. πŸ˜€ If you come to Sea World, you might consider taking a quick stroll in Sunset Cliff. It’s only about 4 miles from Sea World.

Last Calls…

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Animals Tags are on the front page til the next post.


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  1. Lovely shots Rommel, and a nice mixture. Sea World, Caleb, and the ocean view shots at the end. I could definitely hug Caleb! Just love your new header! πŸ™‚

  2. Old? what, you? Puft ! No way ! πŸ˜€
    Getting wet by Dolphins is as young as you are gonna get ! Photographs looks so fun. Fantastic !
    And the new header also looks awesome πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, I really like the new blog design! And the header. For some reason I find the new color combination more relaxing. Ha!
    I like your pictures… but I’ll be the first one to ask if you’ve watched “Blackfish”? It’s a really sad and horrible documentary, but if you’re going to talk about SeaWorld and orcas then I have to bring it up!

    • I was going to bring it up. It just doesn’t fit with other things I shared, Caleb and Sunset Cliff. I’ve read about some of the incidents. They are not called killer whales for no reason.

  4. Gosh you have some lovely images Rommel…but…I hate seeing the Orcas used this way. It isn’t education as Sea World tells a bunch of lies to justify capturing baby Orcas in the wild and tearing them from their families. If you get the chance watch Blackfish Rommel. The Orca who killed that trainer is being driven mad with confinement. Even knowing that he was unstable and dangerous Sea World [for greed and greed alone] let that trainer in with him. They never told the trainers at that facility how close he had come in the past to killing. I personally despise the Sea World brand and what they do. Orcas are kept out of site in tiny pools that when you relate it to a human would be like us being kept in a tub of bathwater for the whole of our lives. Google Earth has revealed just how inhuman these conditions the whales are kept in, out of sight, to the world.
    Sorry for the rant…but I am infuriated at the way Sea World uses and abuses these animals for profit, with no compassion for what captivity does to them.

    • I knew this is gonna happened from you. I was thinking of how you ginna react to when I post this. I really was going to bring it up. I was deciding to put a disclaimer or some sort. I knew about killer whales. But because I also shared about Caleb and Sunset Cliff, I couldn’t include some tensions on this post but just bring light. Three years I’ve been here in California, Sea World was never really on the places I plan to go. But I was there with the kids, for the kids. This post is a matter of sharing and for my memories with them.

      • You know me too well Rommel. The post does share those memories beautifully. And I hope you realise I was not having a go at you. When I was younger I went to Sea World in Australia…and loved the show. It is only now that I know what happens at these places that I am so saddened at the way these beautiful creatures are treated. I also dislike most zoos as well. I guess I just don’t understand why people feel the need to take an animal from its habitat and make it perform for people. Where is the beauty in that ?

  5. Sunset Cliff is so beautiful, Rommel. You got some great shots at Sea World. I made sure not to sit in the wet zone. Have to consider my hair, you know. πŸ˜€ Hello Caleb…….you are so cute. πŸ™‚

  6. I wondered how many Blackfish comments you would get on this post. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t comment, but I did see The Cove and was absolutely horrified. Caleb sure is adorable though. πŸ™‚

    • I know right! I think some bloggers just look and not say anything. I didn’t realised how big of an impact that movie has made to public. I feel like I supported something incredibly heinous. πŸ˜€ Oh well.

    • NICE! I saw a lot of nice looking houses there. What a nice location to be near to! I think I’m pretty good with knowing the good spots in San Diego. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the offer. If I got questions, I’ll get with you.

  7. Ha, great shots of the wet zone… when I was a kid went to see Sea World, and Shamu rocked. Loved Sea World because of the show… saw him in Oregon when he was there as well. Being a kid and seeing these things, truly priceless as you have shown with Caleb!

  8. Great blog, keep following your heart. People will have to reference their agendas. I grew up wanting to be an Orca trainer at Sea World San Diego and haven’t outgrown that. I too, find the practice of keeping them captive unethical now but I also see that they do a lot of good for injured wildlife and their research collaboration is top notch as well. Sea World is also very good to military personnel and families and supports lots of local charities. It’s a mixed bag. Not nearly as black and white as the stunning but controversial star of their show.

    • Er, I have no gripe about Sea World but I, personally, wouldn’t look at charity as a mean to counterbalance, well basically, anything. But kudos to them. It certainly is worth mentioning that they support the troops.

      Sorry, but eh, how come I can’t click on your blog??

  9. I have to agree that it must have something to do with age or perhaps seeing animals outside of their natural environment, but Sea World doesn’t do it for me either. We took our granddaughter there two summers ago and she had a blast. Loved the pics of Caleb and your header photo. πŸ™‚

    • Definitely with age. Then again, I’m anticipating the Harry Potter attraction that is under construction in Universal Studios. Bwahahaha πŸ˜€ Not a die-hard fan, but can’t deny it’d be very interesting to check out.

  10. it’s great you spent some time with some very good friends. i agree with some of your readers on animals used as entertainers for profit. unfortunately i don’t think it will ever end – not anytime soon anyway. the children and landscape photos are wonderful as well as your header photo.

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