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June 6, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa  that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
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NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
I was overjoyed when I first heard SeaWorld San Diego was going to build an Aquatica water park. The original Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida was an instant success, setting a new standard for excellence and excess in the water park industry when it opened in 2008. Today, Aquatica Orlando's combination of one-of-a-kind water slides and up-close animal interactions attracts 1.5 million visitors per year, making it one of the Top 10 water parks in the world . Photos: SeaWorld San Diego's Aquatica water park After a preview visit on Thursday, it pains me to say all Aquaticas are not created equal.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the theme park chain owned by Blackstone Group, priced its shares at the top of the marketed range and raised $702 million in its initial public offering. SeaWorld sold 26 million shares at $27 each, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. The shares, which represent 28% of the outstanding stock, will start trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SEAS. At the offering price, SeaWorld's market value is about $2.5 billion. The Orlando, Fla., company operates 11 theme parks, including two under the Busch Gardens brand.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Shamu plans to soak Wall Street with a greater splash than previously thought. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. - the company known for its performing killer whale - could raise $540 million in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. That's $440 million more than its initial filing in December showed, and $40 million larger than a filing Monday. Now, the theme park company said it plans to offer 20 million shares priced between $24 and $27, according to a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - It was Samantha Berg's dream job: swimming with orcas. But with only a bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell University and no hands-on experience with whales, the then-22-year-old assumed she was not qualified to perform stunts in a SeaWorld pool with the powerful 8,000-pound animals. Still, she decided to send her résumé to marine parks nationwide in the hopes that she might land a low-level gig and learn more about sea life. To her surprise, she was called in for an audition at SeaWorld's Orlando park, which asked her to prove her physical acumen by diving 25 feet underwater, picking up a weight, returning to the surface, carrying heavy fish buckets and then jumping up on stage even as she was struggling for breath.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
There is something fishy about this IPO. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and its killer whales are going public, filing for an initial public offering that could raise $100 million. The theme park company, famous for using the orca Shamu as a performer, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it hopes to trade under the ticker symbol SEAS. But it didn't say much else - not what exchange would host its stock, how many shares will be up for grabs, the expected share price or when they'll be offered.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
After an incident in which an 8-year-old girl was bitten by a dolphin, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said they responded quickly to treat Jillian Thomas of Georgia. "A member of our health services team ... quickly responded and treated the young girl," read a statement from the Florida theme park. Jillian's parents weren't quite so impressed with the park's reaction. They told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that there were no warnings of possible infection, no manager was sent over, and "'we had to ask for a Band-Aid," said Jillian's mom, Amy Thomas.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
SeaWorld's Aquatica will introduce an innovative hybrid concept to San Diego on June 1 that combines a marine park with a water park, allowing visitors to interact with animals like dolphins, stingrays and flamingos as they zip down water slides. > Photos: SeaWorld San Diego's Aquatica water park SeaWorld San Diego purchased Knott's Soak City in Chula Vista from the parent company of Knott's Berry Farm for $15 million and plans an extensive renovation of the separate-admission water park about 20 miles south of the marine park.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The two Alaskan fishermen had stopped to examine a bald eagle when they noticed something sleek and gray in the Bristol Bay surf: a baby beluga whale in the shallows, faintly whistling and clicking. The whale, already dehydrated and disoriented, soon swam away, but then circled back to shore. The fishermen began making phone calls. In almost no time, marine specialists raced in. The Alaska SeaLife Center - a research and rehabilitation organization - grounded local flights, then settled the whale calf on an air mattress, draped him in wet towels and airlifted him toward safety.
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