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Taken: 2005-01-19

By Species (Marine): Killer Whale (Orca)
Location: Sea World San Diego
Orcas by Name: Ulyses
Ulyses is the oldest and largest male in San Diego. He spent several years alone in Spain, then was moved to San Diego. He has a droopy dorsal fin, and weighs 9400 lb.
People: Brian (me!)
Special Program: Trainer for a Day
A very in-depth experience. You spend 8 hours shadowing a trainer, and learn how they train and care for the animals. Unfortunately they ended this program a few years ago. It was limited to 3 people per day, which allowed a lot of one-on-one time with trainers and animals, and a very different experience each time. They spend time in several animal areas, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters, birds.