Six Flags animal begin journey from Cleveland to California

Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2004 8:04 AM | Contributed by Sarah Jackson

Shouka the killer whale and 400 of her animal friends left the former SeaWorld and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure for a new home at Six Flags Marine World. The animals were not purchased by Cedar Fair in their acquisition of the property from Six Flags.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004 8:41 AM
While sad in some ways, I have to say that I saw it coming when Busch sold the park. The market just wasn't right for it, and Six Flags certainly didn't help.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 8:58 AM
If you've ever wondered how you get a whale cross country, watch the b-roll footage here. Pretty interesting.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 5:39 PM
Im glad to hear that Shouka's tank at SFMW is going to be larger then the one at SFWoA. The one at SFWoA looked far too small for a whale of Shouka's size to be kept in.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 6:15 PM
And weren't they looking for a companion to keep in the tank with her also at one point also?
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 10:25 PM
i think Shouka was fine in that tank. When it was Sea World they had multiple whales in the tank AND dolphins. I will miss her. I loved watching her show.
Thursday, April 22, 2004 12:19 AM
a bit of history in Ohio is now officially over, and the closest marinelife to view for Ohioans is in either MarineLand in Niagara Falls/Canada or Myrtle Beach, NC:( After going to Aurora for the past 3 years, and enjoying the animals and watching the educational aspect and beauty and awe witnessed by my Godchildren, this area will never be the same.

Good Luck Shouka and all the other wonderful animals that were part of the 33 year history in Northeastern Ohio...You'll be missed!*** This post was edited by midwave 4/23/2004 1:02:35 AM ***

Thursday, April 22, 2004 4:07 AM
The tank at Six Flags Marine World was the home to a pair of killer whales in the past. One of them was named Vigga. Both whales died of old age with the most recent whale dying in 2001 I believe, when Medusa first opened. The killer whale show was the most popular animal attraction in the park, and I'm sure will be again. It's a Six Flags park with a zoo and Sea World all rolled into one. You really get your money's worth there, and now with Shouka, more dolphins and animals (unfortunately from Ohio), a trip to San Francisco should include a visit up I-80 to Vallejo.
Thursday, April 22, 2004 8:58 PM
And since SFMW seems to be doing well, hopefully Shouka will reside here for a long period of time.
Friday, April 23, 2004 8:12 AM
I hope this all works out well for Shouka and the rest. Weren't the dolphins at SFWOA originally from SFMW to begin with? I wonder if they'll remember they're old home. :)

- Jeff

Friday, April 23, 2004 2:59 PM
Love the name "Flying Ark".....where's THAT kind of creativity when it comes to the rides IN the parks...;)

Congratulations to all involved on a highly successful cross-country move, sounds like animals and handlers are all doing fine! :)

Saturday, April 24, 2004 4:59 PM
I can't wait to go give them all a visit tomorrow, yay! :)
Sunday, April 25, 2004 1:26 PM
First of all I must say that I will miss the marine life shows!! But more than myself is the heart ache that my 6 year old son is going through. He visited Sea World and Six Flags of Aurora, OH since he was born in June of 1998. His dream since he was 3 years old was to be a "WHALE DOCTOR" He wants to work every day after he completes college or whatever the required training is to live and work with Orca Whales. His room is decorated with orca whales, books of orca whales, orca whale quilts, stuffed animals of "guess who"....6 Flags was his summer long home, once the start of summer vacation they have from school, with season passes in hand he came as often as my husband and myself could bring him and if more than 1 week passed and he had no way to go he called upon aunts and uncles to beg for a camping trip and trip to 6 Flags of Aurora, OH. Just to fill the readers in when he was 2 his right eye developed a damaging case of amblyoplia. His sight was 20/95 and with our efforts it is now 20/35. His reward for wearing his patch the entire school year was his vacation/trips to visit the WHALES!! It kills me to see the pain he is going through knowing there will be no killer whales for him this summer and many summers to come. His love for Shookah is GENUINE!!!!!ANY KILLER WHALE FOR THAT MATTER!!! THANKS CEDAR FAIR!!YOU RUINED A YOUNG BOYS DREAM AND MAYBE HIS FUTURE!!!
Sunday, April 25, 2004 4:27 PM
Uh... right. It's all Cedar Fair's fault. It couldn't have anything to do with Busch selling the park or Six Flags running it into the ground. It also couldn't have anything to do with the feasibility of sustaining such a business in this market either, right?

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