Six Flags Worlds of Adventure gets approval for whales

Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 4:47 AM | Contributed by

An amusement park has won federal approval to import a formerly beached killer whale activists said should have been returned to the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued the permit Thursday for the whale and another orca. Six Flags Worlds of Adventure plans to have them at the park by the end of the summer. Six Flags applied for the permit last October to import the whales for the former Sea World park it purchased last year. Sea World's three popular orcas were not part of the sale.

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Monday, May 20, 2002 5:13 AM
This is GREAT news for the park!! Things are definetly starting off good this year and are turning in SFWoA favor. The families and children will love learning about and watching these whales!

Congradulations to SFWoA and all the others!

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Monday, May 20, 2002 7:01 AM
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I'm a bit more skeptical. Maybe I'm a little too close to biologists (i.e., married to one), but the condition of some habitats and their track record thus far aren't the best. I guess we'll see what happens.

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Monday, May 20, 2002 10:57 AM

"An amusement park has won federal approval to import a formerly beached killer whale activists said should have been returned to the wild."

So what side wins? The money, of course.

Monday, May 20, 2002 12:23 PM

I'm really happy that this went through. It's great for SFWoA...and it's no different for the whales. Captivity, or difference. There is obviously no chance it'll be released back in the wild.

Also the story about it being purpousely capture, it's just that...a story. Without evidence it's just a situation with two sides to the story, and there's nothing they can do about that.

Thirdly, Jeff, I doubt you should have any concerns. They clearly state in the article that they met the approval to be able to house these animals...if they thought that they would not be taken care of properly, they would not have been granted the permit. As for future care we will see, from my own experiences the animals seem very healthy, the tanks are clean, and the employees are very knowledgeable.

I honestly don't see a difference in the animals care from when Busch had to park, and now. It all seems the same to me if not better.

Congratulations SFWoA. Now hopefully we get the hyper, or 4-D...whichever that's supposed to be, and King Cobra...we'll be set.;)


Monday, May 20, 2002 1:18 PM

This is cool since I wrote a letter like it said to do on the Six Flags website. . .

Additionally, I saw on the refreshinglook message board something about Six Flags Worlds of Adventure getting King Cobra from Paramount's Kings Island and placing it near the walkway. Is there any truth to that?

Also, any update on the hyper coaster?


Monday, May 20, 2002 1:18 PM
Im so happy Im doing the HAPPY DANCE now I have a reason to go on the wild life side!!!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2002 3:20 PM
Was at the park yesterday when the first of the two whales was delivered. The have the area roped off so you can't get too close but you can see her and hear her. It was hard to get any good shots of her picture wise. They did not know when the male would be arriving. I hope all things go well because I think they will have a big impact on the park. People really missed not seeing the whales last year.
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 7:35 PM
Im glad that sfwoa got the whales. It was so empty there last year without them. I live 45 minutes away from there so i go there all the time. They needed the whales to draw more crowds over. They are putting them in the same tank that shamu was in so they have all the material they need. good job six flags, keep up the good work

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