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   Galveston County Daily News, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1969, Galveston, Texas                                MI.MMY f i-.Hiit AUY u. my Jlaile Sea-Arama To Add Nine New Shows In 1969 Sea Arama Marineworld. the only marine attraction of its kind between the east and west coasts, has entered into the first phase of a four phase remodeling and expansion program planned for the next four to five years. This first phase will cost approximately Nine new shows and attractions will be added in this year's expansion program as well as improved food facililin, air conditioning, gift shop, and parking area. Sea Arama Marineworld's new shows include a large assortment of highly trained animals that will make this attraction one of the most unique of its kind in the world. SEA-ARAMA Marineworld has added: Whale Show to the Marineworld Revue A specially constructed holding pen was designed for the specific purpose of holding these whales. This holding pen, which is 13 feet deep. 50 feet long and 30 feet wide with foot thick walls holds gallons of filtered sea water. Guests will be able to view the whales, when they are not in the Marineworld Revue, through Vj" thick tempered polished plate glass that will be mounted around the top edge of the holding pen. Thirty thousand pounds of reinforcing steel was used in the construction. The filtering system will be tied into the existing system. OCTOPUS GHOTTO This was designed to be a completely different show. Guests will enter the grotto through a cave like door. Once inside the grotto, guests will wander through the cave and eventually find themselves in an underwater sea cave, where they will view the giant octopus. The Octopus Grotto will also be air conditioned. This was designed by Acton and Associates of California and cost It will hold 1.000 gallons of water. SEA LION SHOW This unusually designed exhibit and show will enable guests to view these playful animals from four levels, three underwater porthole viewing levels and one top deck viewing level. This display, which is 29 feet long, 17 feet wide and 10 feet deep, was specially designed to give guests unique viewing levels of these animals. This display, which has its own self contained filtering system for water clarity, was ready for the Sea Arama sea lions, 500 pound Jocko and his smaller mate Samantha last summer. Guests will also be allowed to feed the sea lions. This display costs and will hold 20.000 gallons of water. ALLIGATOR DISPLAY AND SHOW This new show and display has just been completed, with 10 American Alligators, including a 13 foot 'gator, which is believed to be the largest living alligator in captivity in Texas, and one crocodile. This display was designed to show these reptiles in their natural environment as well as give the public the best view of these animals. The show part of this display includes educational and interesting facts about these animals as well as alligator wrestling. Total cost of this is PORPOISE PETTING AND FEEDING SHOW AND DISPLAY This show was added because of the man} requests that Sea Arama Marineworld has received from its guests asking to touch a porpoise and tp feed one. The holding pen for six porpoises will be 40 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 10 feet deep. Guests will be able to participate in the feeding of these animals as well as being able to touch them. The holding pen itself is kidney shaped and will hold gallons of sea water. Approximately six young porpoises will be used in this show. Sea Arama Marineworld expects this to be one of the "crowd favorites." The total cost is CONTACT 200 A real favorite at attractions throughout the United States, Sea Arama Marineworld is adding a contact zoo as one of its new shows. This type of display includes an assortment of animals (ducks, lambs, rabbits, etc.) that the small children can pet and feed. MARINEWORLD REVUE To the already existing Marineworld Revue, which now includes porpoises and sea lions. Sea Arama will add the whales, a penguin chorus line (Sea Arama has been training a team of four Humboldt Penguins from Peru and is expecting four more. Sea Arama has two teams of trained Penguins for the Marineworld Revue. They will be housed in a special display so that guests may see them when they are not in the Revue. Total cost is Also being added to the Revue, will be a new stage set, costumes, music and new scripts. All of these additions will make the Marineworld Revue a true highlight of a visit to the attraction. OCEANARIUM Sea Arama is remodeling its gallon Oceanarium to obtain a more natural habitat as well as a new filter system to achieve better clarity in the viewing. Sea Arama already has one new addition to the Dive To The Deep Oceanarium Show, known as the SCUBA Show, in which Sea Arama's Marineworld Mermaids frolic underwater with the dangerous sea creatures in the Oceanarium. The remodeling and new filters were completed last summer and cost was Sea Arama is also adding a beautiful lagoon, with tropical birds and beautiful landscaping to further enhance the front entrance. All guests entering Sea Arama will walk over this lagoon on a special walkway resembling the boarding ramp to a ship. Sea Arama also plans to have sharks swimming in the lagoon. The lagoon will vary in width from 20 to 50 feet and will be approximately 300 feet long. Sea Arama is also remodeling its front entrance to bring its ticket windows and guest relations headquarters to the ground level. All of the front is enclosed in glass and air conditioned. Sea Arama's Treasure Chest Gin Shop has been enlarged to further serve guests. The Pirate's Nook Restaurant is close to the front entrance with glassed in seating and outdoor patio for viewing of the tropical gardens and waterfall lake. Sea Arama's upstairs Crow's Nest dining area offers an elevated view of the Tropical Gardens. A further addition to Sea Arama's food facilities will be the Pink Porpoise Ice Cream Parlor. Here all flavors of ice cream and malts will be served as well as cotton candy. Sea Arama Marineworld is also adding on the west side of the attraction a 300 foot beautiful lagoon and 13 foot high waterfall. This will be beautifully landscaped with exotic plants and beautiful tropical birds. Small foot trails will wind throughout the gardens, crossing the lagoon on foot bridges. This addition will make a tropical paradise. Sea Arama Marineworld's first phase in this four phase program is a mammoth undertaking. The total cost Is When all of the new shows and attractions have been completed Sra Arama Marineworld will pump more than eight million of water through its filter system monthly. All of the designing, with the exception of the Octopus Grotto and the Waterfall, was done by Randall Duel! Associates Santa Monica, California designer of Six Flags Over Texas and Georgia and Astroworld. With the completion of this first phase of the five year plan. Sea Arama Marineworld will truly be a unique marine park. The Galveston Daily News was the first to have correspondents and agencies in the principal cities in Texas. At Marineworld SEA-ARAMA SHOWN WHEN REMODELING AND EXPANSION IS COMPLETED Nine new shows and attractions to be added to marineworld Killer Whale Mamuk Newest Super-Star Pilot Whale Nemo Still A Youngster Mamuk. a 13 foot, pound killer whale, is Sea Arama Marineworld's newest super star. Mamuk was purchased from Don Goldsberry of Seattle for last October. Goldsberry. who caught the animal, accompanied Mamuk on the air flight from Seattle to Houston, with a stopover and exhibit in Fort Worth. Mamuk is the Eskimo word for killer. Earlier, Sea Arama had acquired Nemo, an 1.100 pound Pilot whale from San Diego's Sea World. Sea Arama is one of four marine attractions in the world to have a killer whale. "Killer Whales are the true lions of the stated Tom Whitman, curator. "They are the most feared animal in the ocean they have the name 'killer' because they habitually feed upon warm blooded animals." Mamuk, who was captured neai the Puget Sound, has had to adjust to the warmed water of. the. Galveston area. The Killer Whale usually lives in the cold waters of the arlic and antartic. The Killer Whale is a strikingly marked animal, black with white the white extended past the midpoint of the body. There is a white spot on the side of the head just above and in back of the eye. There is also a light colored saddle shaped patch on the midback just behind the dorsal fin. The dorsal fin is sharply triangular and very high. The flippers are rounded. In old males, the dorsal fin becomes particularly high, reaching the height of 6 feel. In the older males, the flippers and tail flukes become longer. Off the west coast nf North America. the largest male measured was 25 feet, the largest female was 20 feet: in other parts Nemo, an 11 foot. pound Piloi whale, was acquired by Sea Arama Marineworld in June, 1968, from San Diego's Sea World. Nemo was captured by Sea World In January, about 10 miles southwest of San Diego. The whale was captured while still nursing and when he arrived at Sea World he was put on a diet of 35 pounds of pure whipping cream a day for three months. Nemo is still a youngster. When he first arrived in Galveston, his toys a tractor tire and a (ire hose were brought along to keep him company. Shortly afler arriving at Sea Arama, Nemo ad an accident. As training director Jerry Foreman brought him out of his gallon holding pen into the huge show tank. Nemo nudged one of the four foot square windows in the front of the tank and he and 200.000 gallons of water poured out inlo a retaining pit running in front of the tank. Nemo was washed to the other side of the 90 foot tank where he turned around and swam back, unassisted, to the window where he had exiled. Nemo suffered superficial lacerations, but recovered in about two weeks. Nemo normally cats between 70 and 80 pound.; of imported squid a day. He will reach his full growth about 16 feet an.l pounds in three years. Nemo's act In the Matun J.'M Revue includes the imp, retrieving objects, being examined by a doctor and playing baseball.____________________ Galvcston is the South's most important medical center. Located here is the University ol Texas Mfrtic.il Branch, csiahlished here in 1891, one of the nation's outstanding institutes and hospitals. NEMO THE WHALE IN A KING SIZE LEAP FOR BASKETBALL He Weighs I.1M Pounds and is Still Growing uf the world males have been known lo reach 31 feet. A 20 foot .female weights .about Ibs. These whales are like the sperm whales, in thai, Ihe, male attains a greater length than the lemale. The Killer Whale's jaws are heavy and the conical teeth are strong, set close together and are interlocking. Killer Whales arc world wide in distribution. They are found in both tropical waters as well as r wa tors. They a re more abundant in polar waters. These animals are considered one species and in the Pacific range from Alaska to Southern California. The Killer Whale is one of the largest of the Dolphin family. Unlike other members of the family, which appear to man to be playful, friendly, gentle animals menacing only to the small sea creatures upon which they feed (small fish, the Killer Whale gives man the impression of being a very savage ami bloodthirsty animal. This impression exists mainly because the Killer Whale is the only member of the dolphin family which habitually feeds upon warm blooded animals. In addition to fish and squid, the Killer Whale eats sea birds, seals, walruses, dolphins and even attacks whales larger than itself. These animals have no natural enemy other than man. One could call the Killer Whale, "the lionof the ocean." There have been several reports of the Killer Whales found having remains of prodigious amounts of dolphin and seal skulls in their stomachs. Members of a pod (a traveling group of Killer Whales) cooperate in attacking their prey. They attack nursing calves of the large Whalebone Whales or they may just tear the tongues out of the adults. Killer Whales are potentially dangerous to man. and people running small hoals should be cautious about alarming or annoying them, as there have been instances of boats being attacked. There have been no reported instances of human beings being killed and oaten hv the Killers, however, Peter Front-hen, who spent many years in the Artie, stated that the Kskimos greatly fear the Killer Whales. There have hern reported instances of Killers bumping the underside of ice (Iocs while men were standing on the floes. Ouring the 1911 Scutt Expedition. a member nf the group barely managed to scramble to safetv when the flop upon which he was .standing broken to bits by a Killer Killer Whales seem 10 show irsnro of ,1 curiosity tor man than actual danpor to human beings. There 
                            

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