Extreme Kellie: Sea World Dolphin Trainer

They are considered some of the smartest animals in the world, so can I really teach them new tricks?

I got to go behind the scenes to take part in Sea World's Dolphin Interaction Program in San Diego, California.  The program was created for anyone who wants to get in the water and learn all about the beautiful bottlenose dolphin anatomy, training and husbandry. In the first few minutes, I find out what it really takes to get dolphins to jump...

Go for a stroll in the pool...

Wave to the camera...

Even splash on command!!

They are so sweet... I can't believe how much fun it was to be right there in the tank playing with these 500 pound animals!

I learned quickly, that dolphins (like most animals) respond best to a reward. In fact, they won’t even look your way unless you have a handful of fish... or in this case, squid!

The trainers have been working with these dolphins for years... they say it's the coolest job in the world, but it takes a lot of time and patience.  Every day they spend hours in this tank, getting the animals ready to peform for a big audience.It’s a tourist hot spot, so they always have to be on their game!

They showed me how they care for the animals when they’re sick, how certain noises work to get the dolphins’ attention, how sharp all those little teeth are, I even learned how to tell the difference between males and females (it’s not what you’d think)!

Leave a Reply