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April 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A trainer at Sea World Adventure Park was slightly injured Tuesday when she was bumped by a killer whale and fell to the pavement, officials said. The trainer was sitting beside the whale's pool helping with a sonogram when the whale moved suddenly. The trainer hit her head and was taken to a hospital for an examination.
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NEWS
August 23, 1989 | H.G. REZA and GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Kandu the killer whale died from massive bleeding caused by a freak injury when, showing "normal behavior," she attacked a larger female whale that she was attempting to dominate, Sea World officials said Tuesday. Sea World veterinarian Jim McBain said Kandu, who weighed about 4,600 pounds, attacked Corky, her 7,000-pound rival, during the 4 p.m. show at the park Monday. McBain said trainers saw the whales fight in a holding pen behind the main pool midway into the 25-minute show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 33-year-old trainer at SeaWorld was hospitalized after a killer whale dragged him to the bottom of the Shamu pool during a show Wednesday. Other SeaWorld employees rescued the trainer, whose injuries were described by officials as not life-threatening.
NEWS
August 6, 1994 | Associated Press
Sea World on Friday released a great white shark back into the ocean after its capture 10 days ago drew heavy protests from animal activists. The 5-foot-long young female shark, estimated to be 100 pounds, had not eaten since it was caught with a hook and line July 27 in the ocean off San Diego and put on display, said the marine park's curator, Jim Antrim. That fact prompted the decision to let the shark go, he said. "It was still looking strong and healthy.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Kandu, a killer whale who gave birth last year at Sea World, died Monday after a collision with another female whale during a show at the marine park. Sea World officials issued a terse statement saying that the 14-year-old Kandu died after a "physical interaction" with Corky during the 4 p.m. killer whale show. Sea World officials refused to provide any other information about the circumstances of the whale's death. There were conflicting versions of when the collision occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1992
Sea World of California acquired a 3-year-old male killer whale for its breeding program from Marineland of Canada in Niagara, Ontario. The 2,500-pound whale, named Splash, traveled to San Diego aboard a chartered aircraft. Splash joins four female killer whales at the park. The whale joins two adult females, killer whales, an 8-month-old female killer whale, and a 3 1/2-year-old female killer whale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Nine-year-old Grace Le now has a little bit better understanding of why arctic walruses are never svelte. During a presentation Wednesday at Harbor View Elementary School about arctic animals, the fourth-grader dressed up in a walrus costume, complete with fur, flippers, tusks, mustache of whiskers and a layer of fake blubber. "It made me feel fat," she said. "But I learned that blubber keeps them warm."
BUSINESS
November 2, 1992 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although mothers and fathers with kids in tow make up the vast majority of people passing through turnstiles at Southern California's major tourism attractions, families aren't the only visitors that parks try to lure. The San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, Sea World and other Southland parks also market themselves as fashionable alternatives for corporate groups in search of unusual meeting spaces that simply aren't available at hotels.
NEWS
September 25, 1988 | From Associated Press
A Sea World killer whale went into labor minutes before show time Friday and delivered her baby to the shouts and cheers of thousands of people who witnessed the marvel of nature. "It was incredible," Sea World spokeswoman Rocio Valdez said. "They were clapping. They were cheering. They were even crying. You name it. They were just doing everything." Births Rare The birth of "Baby Shamu" was only the third of a killer whale in the history of the San Diego marine park, said spokesman Dan LeBlanc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The City Council is reviewing the amount of rent SeaWorld pays to the city, with an eye toward raising it because new attractions have made the property more valuable. "There needs to be a rent increase, absolutely," said Councilwoman Donna Frye, whose district includes SeaWorld. The theme park paid $7.15 million in the last fiscal year to lease a 189.9-acre portion of Mission Bay Park from the city. SeaWorld must pay a minimum rent of $5,130,612 regardless of its gross sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports.
Veterinarians at SeaWorld have, for the first time, produced two bottlenose dolphins by using once-frozen sperm to artificially inseminate their mothers. Officials at the theme park announced Thursday that the two calves, one male and one female, had been born in May to bottlenose dolphins who had been impregnated with sperm from a dolphin used by the U.S. Navy. Previously, bottlenose dolphins have been bred through artificial insemination with fresh semen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Disneyland tourists ooh and aah over the park's spectacular holiday fireworks, a few blocks away, Anaheim homeowners are doing a little moaning and groaning of their own. Fireworks were once for summertime and special occasions, but in 2000, Disneyland made them year-round. The park added the hugely popular "Believe . . . In Holiday Magic," a fireworks and snow show that returned for the holidays this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hours of passionate public testimony, the City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to endorse a controversial plan to expand the SeaWorld theme park, the city's top tourist attraction. The expansion proposal, one of the most divisive land-use issues in years, provoked a collision between the city's economic dependence on tourism and its devotion to environmentalism, slow growth and open space.
NEWS
June 15, 1999 | Associated Press
A killer whale tried to bite a trainer during a show before hundreds of spectators at Sea World, but the trainer escaped injury by quickly jumping out of the water, a SeaWorld spokesman said. The show ended a few minutes earlier than usual Saturday afternoon after the 5,000-pound whale named Kasatka tried to "nip" the trainer, spokesman Bob Tucker said. "Attack is definitely the wrong word," Tucker said. "The trainer turned around and performed in the next show later that night."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine experts from Sea World are using the latest radio transmission technology to monitor J.J., the newly freed gray whale. Ten sixth-graders at Barcelona Hills Elementary School in Mission Viejo are doing the same thing, using the Internet. Since the 15-month-old whale was orphaned last year, the group has followed her arrival at Sea World, how she has adapted to her handlers and, most recently, her return to the ocean and ride to freedom Tuesday.
NEWS
November 19, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Bob Lavenberg called Sea World last month to say that a live megamouth shark had been captured off Dana Point--only the second such known occurrence ever--he thought he was making the San Diego theme park an offer it could not refuse: the opportunity to house and study a species so rare that, until 1976, scientists were not aware it existed. Lavenberg, curator of fishes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, was surprised when Sea World officials declined.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1988 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Sea World of California, which drew a record 3.7 million visitors during 1987, expects a yearlong 25th anniversary celebration that begins on Saturday to push 1988 attendance at San Diego's most popular tourist attraction to more than 4 million visitors. Park President Robert K.
NEWS
April 2, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's swimming, she's vocalizing, she's "spy-hopping," she's staying aloof from others of her kind, and she seems in no hurry to leave Southern California. All in all, the first full day of freedom for J.J., the California gray whale, was declared a success Wednesday by her former caregivers at the Sea World aquatic theme park. "She's investigating her environment," said Jim Antrim, Sea World's general curator. Released Tuesday morning from a Coast Guard cutter two miles out to sea, J.J.
NEWS
March 25, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The baby California gray whale trucked to Sea World after beaching itself last week at Santa Barbara died Monday, officials announced. "She was just overwhelmed by infection," said Sea World general curator Jim Antrim. The whale died despite round-the-clock emergency care by the theme park's marine mammal rescue specialists, who fed it and gave it antibiotics and vitamins. The unnamed whale was being treated in the same chilly saltwater pool where J.J.
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