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Published October 28th 2013
Seals that make you laugh
Visiting the Gold Coast as a tourist is incomplete without visiting the Sea World, and visiting the Sea World is incomplete without watching the most entertaining show put on by Sea World's very own Sea Lions (Buddy and Clawde), assisted by their keepers. The Show, entitled "Fish Detectives" is put on twice a day in a dedicated theatre, and the amphitheatre is packed with keen fans for each session (we know because we went to both shows on two separate days).
The theatre backdrop for the show is purpose-built with facades of different buildings, slides, contraptions, a large (smelly) pool, etc. and serves the purpose as it is used by slippery sloppery seals. If you take a ride around the Sea World on a monorail, you would pass through the Sea Lion Theatre as well. The theme of the show was "overfishing and its destructive consequences".
The main antagonist of the show is Mr. Alota Baloney who is earning big bucks by over-fishing and has thus far managed to flee authorities. But now the main protagonists, the police force that comprises of some humans and a couple of very diligent sea lion officers, are tracing the tracks of Mr. Baloney.
The Seals doing their tricks, trying to catch the mean Mr. Baloney
The sea lions display their adorable tricks throughout the show, be it clapping with their flippers, sliding down the slides, kissing their fellow actors, and more. One tip to remember is that if you want to get up, close and personal with the seals (and steal a kiss), try to sit in the central aisle in the front two rows, and you may be lucky enough to be picked to be part of the show.
A lucky member of the audience gets a kiss from the Star of the Show
Finally, after going through intense investigation, Mr. Baloney is caught by the authorities, and given a lecture about the consequences of over-fishing. Thankfully, he understands the concept and promises to invest his earnings into protecting the oceans instead of filling his pockets. Lesson well learnt.
In Conclusion: The bad guys lose and the good guys win A cute pelican is also part of the show
Children along with adults in the audience were heard laughing out loud and enjoying themselves, just as my children loved the show and requested that we see it again (and again... and again).
A couple of things to remember: if it's a rainy day, sitting in the first couple of rows might mean getting wet. Parents with prams need to remember that they will not be permitted to bring the prams inside the theatre (stroller area is provided). If you plan on having a snack during the show, keep an eye out for the pesky seagulls as they actually try to swoop up close and steal the snacks from your hands.
Apart from the Seal Show, there is a permanent exhibit area called Seal Harbour where the resident seals are found. With plenty of swimming area, platform area for basking in the glorious sun, the seals have a great opportunity to study their onlookers.