The Trollope's Take Texas, Day 3

Oh Sea World, the main reason we went to San Antonio. I was a little confused as to what Sea World really was - I read a lot but never got a good feel for what exactly we'd do. I looked at the show scheduled in advance but without quite knowing what to expect, it was overwhelming to plan our day. We just decided to wing it!
Our first stop was the dolphins, as we had a dolphin encounter scheduled first thing. We had a little time to kill so we went through the shark exhibit that lasted all of 5 minutes but was neat, none-the-less.
And then it was back to watch the dolphins. San Antonio doesn't have a true Dolphin Encounter but they did have a little extra deal that you could buy to pet and feed a dolphin. When I bought our tickets, I wasn't 100% sure Tylee would do it but wanted to give it a try. Well, over Memorial Day at the lake, Grandma Katy gave Tylee the Dolphin Tale movie and she quickly became obsessed. After watching the movie on repeat in the days leading up to our trip, all doubt was erased from my mind!  
She was so excited! It was such a neat experience and was even more amazing when the trainer told her that the dolphin she was petting was rescued and deemed not returnable to the ocean, just like Winter! Her mind was blown.
After the dolphins, we began exploring the park. The Sea Lion exhibit was closed but we saw some penguins, rode a couple of rides, played some carnival games, watched some guy doing tricks on skis, and had a meltdown over a blister. Thankfully, the meltdown was planned perfectly with the start of Azul - a dolphin, beluga whale, and acrobat show so we took a break to watch that and have some lunch.

I'm so happy we were able to see that because it ended up being the highlight of the day. (More on that in a minute.) It was so, so, so hot and I was very thankful that Tylee had chosen to wear her suit. TJ and I took a break in the shade while Tylee played in the Splash Park, then we took turns riding a few kiddie rides with her while we waited on One World, the killer whale show to start.  

When we walked in the arena, the whales were just swimming around and you could walk right down to them. It was unreal and I was so, so excited. I know the captivity of these whales is controversial but I didn't read much about it before we went because frankly, I wanted to go to Sea World and didn't want my opinion to be hindered in any way. Once the show started it was really, really neat but only lasted about 5 minutes before they turned on some strange music and all the trainers disappeared. The whales were kind of splashing, kind of swimming - it was just odd. A trainer finally made his way to the microphone and told us that the whales weren't cooperating, it was their show, and they respected the animals desire to perform. He said he was really sorry but we were all free to go. What?! That was the entire reason we went to Sea World! Along with the other 500 people in the audience that day!  

Thankfully, we had gotten to see a little bit of the show and to be honest, Tylee didn't even notice that it didn't last very long. It was pretty amazing just seeing them up close and personal and since the dolphins were such a success, Sea World still gets a thumbs up from the Trollope's.

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