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Lolita alone at the Miami Seaquarium

     


Sea Lion Show
Sea Lion show at Miami Seaquarium Sea lions, seals and walruses are pinnipeds - derived from the Latin 'pinna' ('wing') and 'pedis' ('foot'). California sea lions are well known for their intelligence, playfulness and their noisy barking. They are easily recognizable by their large front flippers and it is the presence of these flippers that makes sea lions extremely agile. When it comes to display at the zoo or safari park, you are unlikely to learn much since they are often simply portrayed as 'clowns' in completely unnatural environments.

Ever seen Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks? Well we got him beat with our Sea Lion show.

Watch these beautiful animals make complete fools of themselves under the hot Florida sun. A little food deprivation and our sea lions will be eating right out of our hands...literally. In the wild sea lions hunt for their own food, but here at the Seaquarium we make them earn their meals. And guess what, if they don't perform up to par, the whistle isn't blown, and they don't get the fish.
When they aren't performing we have these great cages in the back where they can relax and play in their nice concrete environment and chlorinated pool.

In the wild
California sea lions, as their name suggests, are found off the coasts of California, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Mexico. An adult male can reach a huge 1,000lbs in weight and 7 feet in length. Adult females can grow to 350lbs and 6 feet in length. (CAPS - full text)

Former Trainer Patricia Doty doesn't care much for the sea lion show anymore. She trained the Miami Seaquarium Sea Lions for 2 years but quit in 1993. She says park officials spent money on customer service before spending it on animals. "We had paint chips pealing off the walls in the pools and they were redoing the cafeteria." <VIDEO> Med pool and sea lion cells. Holding tank at Miami Seaquarium

In August 2002 five California Sea Lions were electrocuted at the Seaquarium during Hurricane Andrew.

July 13th 1995 Max the 8-year-old male California Sea Lion was placed in pool with another male named Chilton. One week later Max suffered a severe laceration to his anus. He was operated on but never fully recovered from the anesthesia. Max died soon after. Seaquarium Vet Michael Renner diagnosed the death as acute renal failure.

A lethargic sea lion pines away in a Seaquarium holding cell in-between performances. He looks like a worn out old rock star.

But, unlike rock stars, sea lions get very little attention backstage and no stimulation, especially old performers like this one who's on his way out. Worked to death: Do you think the Seaquarium will hang a plaque in this animal's honor? Highly unlikely. Hugo who?

"It is in my opinion that George Boucher is a very good manager who has the park's best interest in mind." Joan Caron (former Seaquarium Head Trainer) said under oath to APHIS investigators. November 11th, 1995


Sea Lion at Miami Seaquarium

You must understand, in parks like the The Miami Seaquarium, customer care is far more important than animal care. It doesn't matter whether the animals are happy, but if the customers are unhappy, we'd be giving quite a few refunds now wouldn't we?

Sure we lose a lot of animals with this mentality. Hell, we lose animals all the time. They die of stress, depression, mental illness, and disease. But we have this great captive breeding program. Check out the figures. We manufacture our own performing Sea Lions. We never run out.

 

The Greatness of a nation can be determined by the way it treats its animals." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Sea Lion at Miami Seaquarium
 

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