Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sea World Penguin Show, March 1966

There are 5 (or 6?) "Sea World" parks around the world (even one in Dubai), but Sea World San Diego was the first! It opened in 1964; today's pictures are from 1966.

How about a nice penguin show? Sure, why not! Penguins are the most lovable birds ever. Go on, name a more lovable bird. Parrots? Don't make me laugh! Canaries? All that tweeting drives a person crazy. Chickens? Delicious, not adorable. I rest my case, your honor. As you can see, there was a tropical (?) pool with everything a penguin could possibly need to make a fabulous show - that is, if they needed a slide.

It must be Chilly Willy's birthday, 'cause there's a cake. Anchovy and chocolate, probably. The party games involve making those penguins run some sort of obstacle course. They don't have hands so they can't play "pin the tail on the donkey", right?

Stupid seagulls! They're not adorable! They are rats with wings. Maybe they were comedy relief.

And finally: a penguin going down a slide. It was all worth it, wasn't it?


Chiana_Chat said...

In the bottom pic is an ancestor of Steven Seagull.

Chiana_Chat said...

ps Maj, missed the link in the 3rd pic :)

Guin: So how are things at the coast?

Gull: Oh same old same old. Say seems like a nice set up here.

Guin: Foods good. Gets confining and there's a lot of other animals around - it's like a zoo here...

Nancy said...

I have always loved Sea World. We had one here in neighboring Ohio but it has been removed within the past 10 years or so...sad. The penguins were always a highlight for us. It was a beautiful sunny day, just like today!

Here in Pgh we are lucky to have penguins both in our local zoo and the National Aviary, which we are fortunate to have here as well. Lets Go Pens lol (they arent doing so hot in the playoffs)

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, I am ashamed that I didn't think of that pun!!

Chiana (part 2), I fixed the link. Can penguins and seagulls really talk?

You had the Pittsburgh Penguins, we had the Hershey Bears (I saw them play several times)!

Anonymous said...

My day is complete, I saw the penguin slide.

Thanks Major.


TokyoMagic! said...

Ha! I used to work with a woman that called pigeons "rats with wings".... she hated them.....now that I think of it, she hated a lot of things.

robert skyway said...

Do you have any pictures of the early days of the skyride?

Chiana_Chat said...

No but the penguin and seagull in the bottom slide by the slide to our right sure like they're striking one up. :)

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