Wednesday, July 06, 2016
We've enjoyed many vintage photos of Disneyland from the Devlin family; and while those are done, I have more photos from other SoCal attractions from them! Like today's selection from Marineland of the Pacific, circa 1964.
Great leapin' dolphins! Actually that appears to be a pilot whale; the short-finned variety, if you must know. One of Marineland's premier stars was "Bubbles", presumably this is her, jumping gracefully for a sardine just the way I would.
Marineland opened in 1954, and was built on the beautiful Palos Verdes peninsula. If you could have somehow looked in the opposite direction, you'd see the Pacific Ocean - one of my "Top 20" oceans. I have fond memories of going there; what kid doesn't like marine mammals?
OK, now THAT'S a dolphin. Or is it a porpoise? I can never tell. As you can see, this dolphin (?) is leaping through the Flaming Hoop of Death. After 15 or 20 jumps, the dolphin was cooked to a nice medium rare, and was served with soy sauce and wasabi. Dee-lish!
I guess it was perfectly OK for guests to wander into the empty stadium to see the critters up close. Either that, or each of these children is a hardened criminal with no respect for the rules. Among the children are Patrick and Mary (Pat's sort of hard to see), while the two boys to the right are Tom and Mike.
Marineland closed in 1987.
Thanks to the Devlin family for sharing these sunny photos of Marineland!