October 6, 2007

Gulfarium-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Today we visited The Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach. The Gulfarium, opened in 1955, is the "oldest continually operated marine show aquarium in the entire world!"

Here's a photo of the Gulfarium dating to the '50s.

Here's the Gulfarium today.

One of the stars of the Sea Lion Show takes time out from her break to give us this candid pose.

These penguins are warm climate penguins...they don't like snow and ice.

Sea lion Molly shows us how she can balance a ball on her nose.

In the Multi-Species Show, sea lions and dolphins perform together. Here they demonstrate that they are friends.

The dolphins wait in anticipation of a scrumptuous snack.

These river otters love their fish.

Marlon trains this dolphin to eat out of his hand.

Doug takes a break to look down on Gulfarium's Dune Lagoon.

The Dolphin Show, featuring a 400,000 gallon tank, is the premiere show at the Gulfarium.

This is the home of performing sea lions who have retired. Here a couple are soaking in the sun.

Marlon couldn't pass up creating a video at The Gulfarium. Click below to view it.
For more pictures of Florida's Gulfarium, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2007/october/gulfarium-fort-walt/ .

To be continued...

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