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SeaWorld's pilot whales get a new home at Shamu Stadium

WildernessLodge

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SeaWorld’s four pilot whales have a new home in Shamu Stadium, where guests should soon be able to see them.

SeaWorld moved the whales April 28 from the dolphin stadium, where they had performed in the Blue Horizons show that recently ended. Shamu Stadium will provide them with more room, SeaWorld spokeswoman Aimee Jeansonne-Becka said.

Three of the whales — Ava, Ace and Piper — were part of a mass stranding in South Florida in 2012. Fredi was rescued after being stranded in the Florida Keys in 2011. NOAA has deemed the whales unreleasable.

Since they’ve been at SeaWorld, they’ve gained a lot of weight — 1,000 pounds apiece. They tip the scales at between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds each.

The pilot whales are separated from the orcas at Shamu Stadium but can see them, Jeansonne-Becka said.

Once the pilot whales become acclimated to their new surroundings, guests should be able to see them from the underwater viewing area. An education ambassador will share their story with visitors. There are no immediate plans to make them part of the killer whale show.

Jeansonne-Becka said the water at Shamu Stadium was temporarily and gradually adjusted over several days to a safe water temperature for both species to help with their acclimation. Both orcas and pilot whales are found in overlapping habitat areas in the wild, with similar temperature ranges, she said.

Pilot whales, like orcas, are members of the dolphin family. They are second only to killer whales in size. They have the same level of intelligence as bottlenose dolphins and are easily trained, according to the American Cetacean Society.

 

mmelka

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I am not a fan of SeaWorld, but even if I was, how can they limit the size of the orca pools now by shutting off an entire area for the pilot whales? One of the biggest criticisms of SeaWorld and keeping their orcas is the limited space they have. And now, they've made it smaller? Makes no sense to me when you're trying to improve your image.
 

joanna71985

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That is an old article (they moved to Shamu Stadium over a year ago). I like that they participate in Dine with Shamu (I enjoy getting to see them working with the trainers). One reason they are primarily staying in the UV pool is because of the water temperature (that's why a couple of the pools are being worked on, to fix that for them). There's still plenty of room for the orcas though, as there are 7 pools in total
 

WildernessLodge

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That is an old article (they moved to Shamu Stadium over a year ago). I like that they participate in Dine with Shamu (I enjoy getting to see them working with the trainers). One reason they are primarily staying in the UV pool is because of the water temperature (that's why a couple of the pools are being worked on, to fix that for them). There's still plenty of room for the orcas though, as there are 7 pools in total
Oh really? I hadn't heard about it until I posted it. I went to SW last August and did Dine With Shamu and I didn't notice them!
 

WildernessLodge

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I checked out Shamu Up Close twice during my visit two weeks ago and both times the pilot whales were in that pool. They were cute but I really, really missed seeing the orcas up close like that. The whales weren't too active - they were with trainers so they were bobbing at the top of the tank for a good while.
 

joanna71985

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Until the water temperature is adjusted in the front, you won't really see the orcas in underwater viewing (with the exception of during Dine)
 
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