Sea World Animal Encounters

Ahhh, Sea World – it felt good returning to you!

Apparently when I was little, my mom took my grandma and I to Sea World all the time. Case in point:

A young JPei
A young JPei

This time around, I couldn’t believe how “small” the park was compared to the one in my memories! JPei’s theory of relativity: everything was bigger when you were a little kid.

Though smaller than I remembered, there were still a great deal of things to do. So, my day at Sea World will be split into two blog posts: one on the animal exhibits and another on the dolphin and whale shows. Check back later for the second post on the shows!

One of the things we did while waiting for rides to open was to enter the penguin exhibit:

Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas

Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas

Penguin Exhibit Sea World San Antonio Texas

Lilly could not believe they were real! Apparently the ones she saw in the Dallas Zoo were skinny (undernourished?) and sluggish. The ones here were swimming, eating, hopping, and just being their cute penguin selves.

Swimming Penguin Sea World San Antonio Texas

Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas
This plump guy was one of my favorites.
Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas
Shake it off, shake it off

Swimming Penguins Sea World San Antonio Texas

Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas
Doesn’t this guy remind you of him in Happy Feet?
Penguin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas
He had been staring at the wall the entire time. I think he’s on to something… #penguinbreak

Another animal “encounter” was the dolphin cove. However, I was devastated when I found out that visitors could no longer feed them because it was ruining their diets! When I went some 5 or 6 years ago, tons of people surrounded the cove to feed and pet the dolphins. I even got to pet one as it swam by. But my parents didn’t buy us the fish to feed them (WHY??!) and now my chances are gone forever… Gosh Sea World, way to crush a girl’s dream.

Dolphin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas
I had to settle with looking at them from afar.

Dolphin Encounter Sea World San Antonio Texas

Since we couldn’t do much there, we moved on to the sharks.

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Coral Reef Fish Sea World San Antonio Texas

Coral Reef Fish Sea World San Antonio Texas
Pretty fish!

Coral Reef Fish Sea World San Antonio Texas

Sting Rays Sea World San Antonio Texas

Sharks Exhibit Sea World San Antonio Texas

Sharks Exhibit Sea World San Antonio Texas

Giant Clam Sea World San Antonio
DANG giant clam. “Imagine how much meat you could eat from it!” – Lilly
Fish in Sea Anemone Sea World San Antonio
Anemonoemeone.
Poison Frog Sea World San Antonio
Aaaand a random, poisonous frog at the end.

Aside from the exhibits, we rode a roller coaster and watched four shows. Stay tuned for the post on the shows coming soon!

Sea World San Antonio Texas

Have you ever been to Sea World? I found out there are only 3 Sea Worlds in the USA, and what’s funny is I’ve been to all of them. I guess you could say I’m a fan! 😀

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Read part 2: Sea World Dolphin & Whale Shows

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