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Theater of the Sea
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Marine animal park featuring daily shows & interactive programs
Marine animal park featuring daily shows & interactive programs

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Did you know that stingrays give birth to live young? When they're first born they're only about the size of a human hand! If you want to pet and snorkel with stingrays, large and small, ask about our Stingray Swim!
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The beautiful bond between animals and their trainers.
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This is Igor, our crocodile, walking alongside one of his trainers. Crocodiles primarily live in saltwater, but they can also be found on brackish water. Brackish water is a mixture of both fresh and saltwater. This means you can find crocodiles and alligators living together in the Florida Everglades!
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We're well known for our Dolphin Swim, but we offer a variety of programs to suit everyone's needs! We have shallow water interactions and programs where you can meet our animals without getting in the water at all! Check out our website for more information
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Pupdate: Monica and Malibu are doing great! They are out and about and exploring their new habitat!
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Many of the parrots at Theater of the Sea were donated to us when their owners found them too difficult to care for. They are beautiful, intelligent animals, but they can also be quite challenging. Before you decide to get a parrot, we urge you to do your research and make sure they are the right pet for you!
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Theater of the Sea Provides a Home for Rescued California Sea Lions!
Theater of the Sea is well known for its history of providing a home for non-releasable animals including dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, crocodilians, parrots, and raptors. As of 5 January 2016, the facility is proud to announce the arrival of two sea lions rescued off the coast of California. The pups will join Theater of the Sea’s population of five California sea lions, one who was a rescue in 2009.
The sea lions are both female yearlings who stranded on the coast of southern California and are named after their stranding locations on the beaches Malibu and Santa Monica. “Malibu” and “Monica” were determined to be unlikely to survive on their own in the wild by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) after recommendation from Dr. Lauren Palmer, who oversaw their rehabilitation at Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur (MMCC), in San Pedro California.
When Theater of the Sea was chosen for permanent placement of the sea lions, Amy Wise, a sea lion trainer at Theater of the Sea, and Dr. Michael Renner, the veterinarian for Theater of the Sea, flew to San Pedro to get to know the girls and conduct necessary physical examinations and diagnostics prior to relocating them. On 5 January 2016, Amy and Dr. Renner accompanied the sea lions on a Federal Express cargo flight from California to Miami, monitoring them as they made their voyage to the Florida Keys.
Upon arrival to their new natural lagoon home, Malibu and Monica enjoyed a late fishy snack before exploring their new surroundings at Theater of the Sea’s sea lion habitat and were monitored for 72 hours straight to ensure proper acclimation.
Currently Malibu and Monica are adapting to their new home under the direction of primary caretakers Amy Wise and Katia Kovacic. In the coming weeks they will be introduced to the rest of the sea lion population as well as the remaining four sea lion lagoons they have yet to discover.
Although these girls were able to find a wonderful home at Theater of the Sea, there are thousands of stranded sea lions each year who depend on stranding centers along the California coast for their survival. Theater of the Sea has provided in kind donations as well as sea lion staff to these organizations to assist and are amazed by the work that they do to rehabilitate and release healthy sea lions. For more information, or to make a donation to a stranding center, please contact the facilities below:
Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur (310)528-5677 marinemammalcare.org
Northcoast Marine Mammal Center (707)951-4722 northcoastmmc.org
The Marine Mammal Center (415)289-7325 marinemammalcenter.org
Channel Islands Marine Wildlife Institute (805)567-1505 cimwi.org
California Wildlife Center (310)458-9453 cawildlife.org
Pacific Marine Mammal Center (949)494-3050 pacificmmc.org
Theater of the Sea is celebrating is 70th anniversary this year and our mission is to provide a wonderful home to our animals while sharing them with visitors in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environments, and conservation issues.

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We just love the holiday spirit!
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Barney is a Kemps Ridley sea turtle who was found entangled in buoy rope. Luckily she was rescued, but by the time she was found gangrene had already set in and both of her right flippers had to be amputated as a result. Barney does a great job of reminding us why we need to eliminate marine debris!
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his is Piper enjoying his enrichment, not too long after he arrived at Theater of the Sea. He still loves his toys, but now he weighs almost 200lbs!
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