Sea Life at the Park

Sign at the Entrance to Sea Life ParkWe discussed Seal Life Park’s fun-loving dolphins in this previous post and we left the rest of the park out of the discussion. The dolphins were so much the star performers that they deserved a write-up all their own.

There is much more there to see. So, we went back to Sea Life Park again just to be sure I had enough pictorial loot to share the rest of the Park’s nautical rascals efficiently. There is a lot more to the Park than just dolphins.

The most attractive characteristic that the Park has, in my opinion, is its involvement with taking in and caring for wounded animals. Many of the sea birds at the park are there because they were wounded in some way. Some of them may never fly again but Sea Life Park is their home and they are there for visitors to see and observe while being cared for by the Park staff.

There’s something interesting about people and wild animals. We all want to be so sure that we have made a connection with them. It is rewarding in some way that we make an emotional connection with these animals. What is that? Do we want to let them know that we appreciate them, that they are welcome in our world? Or, are we seeking their acceptance?

The children seem to be the ones who are the most anxious and Impatient Sea Liondemonstrative of this characteristic. Some people do seem to outgrow that desire as they get older. Some of us never shake it. Whatever it is, we continue to seek personal interaction with these creatures.

Another popular character at the Park is the Sea Lion. Why? Well, case in point, I’m pretty sure it’s because you get to get up close and personal and arrange to feed them some fish.

The trainers have their favorites of these little guys too. They have even started teaching them some small tricks. This character of here on the left seems to know when the dolphin show is over. He’s at the fence line yelling for his afternoon treat!

People are put off a little at first by the loud hollering from these shiny blobs of fat with their whisker mustaches. But, after everyone sees that this group of sea lions wants some chow, it becomes quite the crowd pleaser and their indignant barks bring smiles from the adults and giggles from the little ones.

Feeding the sea lions

Between the chuckles people start talking to each other and sharing commentary on the animals and other experiences they’ve had. Visitors from out of town share information from their own homes with us too!

Turtle in the outside pond.

Perhaps the most overlooked and ignored critter, is the turtle. The rock wall around their pool is pokey — I think to keep people off the wall. I didn’t care. I sat on it anyway so I could get a snap shot of this social creature who took the time out of his busy turtle schedule to glide over and stick his head out of the water. The rest of that stuff under the water on the right is the shell. Not a small creature.

Turtle eating lettuce from divers

You can buy turtle food. But, for the most part, they don’t attract much attention. I think I’ll buy turtle food next time. I felt bad. Well, the underwater gang was able to interact a little better with people who signed up for the underwater adventure that the Park has going on over there. These people also get to feed the rays.

Feeding the Rays

Personally, after the recent news about our beloved Crocodile Hunter, I don’t think that this is an endeavor that I will relish any time soon.

Sting Ray

I must say, however, that with the exception of that story, my impression of these creatures, after observing their behavior at Sea Life Park and at the hotel out at Ko’olina, has been one of peace and calm. I never witnessed any demonstration of violence or aggression.

Penguins trying to keep cool

Here we can move on to some feathered things that are much more popular these days. Yes, Sea Life Park has its share of little birds in tuxedos!

Curious penguin

The tropical temperature recently has been such that all the creatures, including us, are constantly seeking ways to stay cool. It’s been just too hot and humid lately. I wanted to get some shots of the Hawaiian Monk Seals but they were too far away for me to get a good shot. They were also trying to stay cool.

There is also a lot more to the park than just what meets the eye. For those who have not shaken that overwhelming desire to be closer to these animals, Sea Life Park and Dolphin Discovery have a lot of other activities and some pretty extraordinary interactive experiences available at the Park, for a fee, of course.

They had a couple of small reef sharks that chose to hide out in a dark corner so we’ll leave that topic alone, for now. Our visit to the Waikiki Aquarium fixed me up pretty nicely with photos of my favorite of the ocean dwellers. We’ll talk about Mano (shark) and the Waikiki Aquarium soon. Yes, I promise!

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BestHawaiiVacation // Aug 26, 2007 at 7:12 am

    What a great post Evelyn. You make me want to go to Honolulu just for the Sea Park life. Love your photos!
    We don’t have a Sea Park on the Big Island but definitely great opportunities to meet our favorite ocean animals either in the wild or at the resorts.

    Fours Season has a pond with tropical fish + my favorite rays, the eagle rays, Mauna Lani Bay hotel has sting rays, baby sharks + turtles and a daily fish tour and Hilton Waikoloa Village offers swim with dolphins attraction.
    Check it out when on your Big Island vacation. Aloha, Pua Kohala Coast Ocean Activities

  • 2 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Good morning, Pua! The Kahala has dolphins and the ability to swim with them. But, maybe that’s in conjunction with Sea Life Park. It’s possible I suppose. I really don’t know. I guess I’ll have to investigate that as well. Maybe there’s two organizations offering interaction with the dolphins. Some of the pictures I’ve seen look awfully familiar… hmmm… πŸ™‚

  • 3 sauerkraut // Aug 26, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Nice pics, chica.

    Personally, when I go to aquariums, I always try to catch the dolphin/seal shows. The little blue penguins are the critters I like to watch the most, although the wide variety of seahorses is incredible.

    I have a couple of wild turtles out back so I don’t spend as much time with turtles at aquariums.

    meow.

  • 4 Mike Scott // Aug 26, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Great Post Evelyn! Terrific photos!

    I sure love that park, I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been there.

    I thought it was really funny that Adam Sandler worked there in “50 First Dates”.

  • 5 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    Hey! There’s my favorite online feline! Thank you for the comment, Sauerkraut! Our aquarium has seahorses (even though Sea Life Park does not… not any that I remember seeing anyway). The ones at the aquarium didn’t photograph very well though. A cat with turtles… isn’t it the rabbit that is supposed to have the tortoise? Thinking of becoming a racing cat? Speaking of which, I left a comment about the iPod ban and “sanctioned” runs on your blog. I was looking for the FBI & copyright stuff you mentioned in your most recent article… I guess I’ll just have to keep looking. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you didn’t say you go fishing for lunch at your local aquarium!

  • 6 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Mike! I thought “50 First Dates” was hilarious, and darn cute too! Some of it was a little over the top, like Rob Schneider’s portrayal of a local man. It cracked me up but it was a bit over-stated, but then again, that’s what made it silly and funny. I’m sure the Park would love to hear that they have return visitors! Thanks for sharing that!

  • 7 Carole // Aug 26, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Great post, Evelyn, and the pictures are GORGEOUS! I hope you’ve blown some of these up for your walls. They’re definitely frame-worthy!

  • 8 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Carole! I’m glad you like the photos! I’m not sure what everyone sees in them but I think I’ve just been staring at them too long. πŸ™‚ I’m afraid I have to give credit to Kodak’s software — the one they provide for downloading the digitals from their camera. Maybe I finally figured out how to use it. But, I am very happy they have found such good favor with everybody! Thank you!

  • 9 NEENZ. // Aug 26, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Evelyn:

    As a former employee of the Hilton Waikoloa, I was able to witness the births of a few dolphins. While employed at the Maunalani Bay, we celebrate the 4th of July as a Honu Independence Day, releasing the juvenile honu whilst making room for the growing population in the ponds.

    But, I dream of one day cuddling with tiger! πŸ˜‰

  • 10 Evelyn // Aug 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Hey Neenz! Thanks for visiting and for leaving your comment! That’s one thing I am yet to see — the live birth of a dolphin! I’ve midwifed for a lot of mammals, but never an aquatic one… yet. πŸ™‚ It sounds like Maunalani Bay is helping to keep the honu (sea turtle) population thriving!

  • 11 HawaiiVacationGifts // Aug 29, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    When I lived on Oahu where I was born and raised, we went to Sea Life Park all the time. My high school senior class luau was also held at Sea Life Park!

    P.S. Did you see the lunar eclipse last nite? It was awesome!

  • 12 Evelyn // Aug 29, 2007 at 10:12 am

    We didn’t have any such luxury for my graduating class, but, now that I think about it, neither did my graduating class from UH. Hmmm… ya think we should submit this to the suggestion box? πŸ˜‰ I think that’s an awesome thing to do!

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  • 14 Angie // Sep 6, 2007 at 3:37 am

    Sea Life Park is one of my favorite parks in the world. Of course I love the dolphins but my favorite are the sea lions. There’s nothing like chucking a fish out there and watching them catch it. (Yes I’m easily amused) We took my friend there and as we were feeding them I waved to one out on a rock and it WAVED BACK! LOL It was the cutest thing ever. Needless to say, he got a few extra fish. πŸ™‚

  • 15 Evelyn // Sep 6, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I love it! That must have been too cute! I’ll bet he got more fish, Angie, that clever boy! The dolphins are beautiful and graceful, but the sea lions are the comical and cute ones.

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