Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet Kenai, the Newest Beluga Calf at SeaWorld San Antonio


On August 11, 2016, a new addition joined the SeaWorld San Antonio beluga whale family. Named, Kenai, after the Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, this male beluga has been busy growing and developing over the past few months, as well as developing a strong relationship with the animal care staff.
Kenai was 155 pounds when he was born and is now more than 350 pounds. He is healthy and nursing from his mother Luna., who is doing a great job caring for him. Kenai will nurse from and be cared by his mom for about the first two years of his life before he becomes independent. Once weaned,  Kenai’s diet will be similar to the other beluga whales...and in case you weren’t sure about what beluga whales eat, it includes fish and mollusks.
SeaWorld’s trainers and animal care staff have spent day and night with this amazing animal over the past few months, and are seeing Kenai’s personality really develop.
According to the team, he is a very curious beluga who enjoys playing and interacting with his trainers, as well as various Environmental Enrichment Devices (let’s face it, he loves playing with toys!). Kenai is also developing relationships with other belugas in the SeaWorld San Antonio pod and spends time with his brother, 3-year-old Samson, as well as the female beluga whales.
Article found on seaworldcares.com

New Ride - Knott's Berry Farm

KNOTT’S OFFERS EXPANDED SEASONS OF FUN, SUMMER INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND THRILLING NEW RIDES IN 2017
Exciting New Details about Next Year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, The Return of Ghost Town Alive! And Expansion of Knott’s Soak City Waterpark

Buena Park, Calif. (November 2016) – There’s farm fresh fun for everyone coming to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2017 with a brand new thrill ride, an extended Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, the exciting return of Ghost Town Alive! next summer, and the expansion of Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.
 Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area of the park next season. The new ride will send brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Sol Spin will be the newest addition to the theme park’s world-class line up of more than 40 rides and attractions when it opens in spring 2017.
But that’s not all! Knott’s Berry Farm is also expanding the park’s Seasons of Fun. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, exclusively dedicated to celebrating Knott’s delicious roots, will be expanded to 23 days. Celebrate the historic berry with countless one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus limited-time live entertainment the whole family will love!
            This past summer to celebrate Ghost Town’s 75th anniversary, Knott’s debuted the one-of-a-kind interactive experience Ghost Town Alive! The extremely popular interactive experience returns for a second year packed with new characters and even more interactive old west fun. The citizens of Calico return to take guests on an immersive journey back in time to the old west of the late 1800s when bandits and cowboys battle for control of the west.  This summer the wild- west gets a little wilder, as new story lines and plot twists will be revealed throughout the season insuring guests will never experience the same adventure twice. Ghost Town Alive! offers something for everyone in your posse.
            Also, coming to the park next summer, is the all new Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator. This new fast-casual dining location will offer various BBQ favorites including smoked pork ribs, tri-tip and rotisserie chicken along with a selection of sandwiches and side dishes. Boardwalk Barbecue will also be featuring a selection of local and well known craft beers. The restaurant will include a new covered seating area with a stage for live entertainment. The location will replace the existing Boardwalk Barbecue restaurant. Construction is set to begin this year.
            Next year’s new enhancements also include an extensive expansion, renovations and new additions in store for Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, which were announced earlier this summer. Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers offering exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the tower will feature an Aqua-Launch chamber which will innovatively launch guests as the floor under their feet drops them into an almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches.  The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and unexpected drops. The minimum height requirement is 40 inches and 40 – 48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person. The expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboards’ Grill. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Waterpark opens for the summer season in May 2017.
A 2017 Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the new additions coming to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark next year. A Knott’s Regular Pass includes unlimited 2017 admissions to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Pass includes unlimited 2017 admissions to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark. Right now you can get either a Regular or Gold Pass at the lowest price of the year: a Regular Pass for as low as 6 payments of $15, or a Gold Season Pass for as low as 6 payments of just $17.62.  And when new passholders purchase before 12/31/16, you get one free admission during 2016 season to Knott’s Berry Farm.  Hurry, offers end Jan 8, 2017. Applicable taxes and fees apply. The payment plan is only available online at knotts.com
For More information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the conversation about the new ride using the #Knotts



Friday, January 20, 2017

Newport Whales - Types of Ships


Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. There are 5 ships used to conduct these tours. 

Newport Legacy


The Newport Legacy is our new 2016 catamaran whale watching ship with two levels, huge bow with stadium seating, huge indoor salon with full bar, snack bar, 2 full sized restrooms, and windows throughout.


Western Pride


The Western Pride is our auxiliary whale watching vessel. This 85' vessel has a full walk around main deck and an elevated seating platform. The Western Pride is equipped with a snack bar and two restrooms.


Nautilus
The Nautilus is our secondary whale watching vessel. This 75' vessel has two decks and ample seating. The Nautilus is equipped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.


Ocean Explorer 


The Ocean Explorer is our primary whale watching vessel. This 70' vessel has two full walk around decks making it perfect for whale watching. The Ocean Explorer is equipped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.


Freelance


80ft. 90 Passenger Max. Spacious and comfortable galley/snack bar with seating for 30. Ideal for large groups and company outings.


Purchase tickets for only $16.00!