Northern California’s First Dolphin Touch and Feeding Experience Comes to Six Flags Marine World

New Caribbean-Themed Area Will Allow Guests To Touch and Feed Dolphins and Stingrays

VALLEJO, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Six Flags Marine World is bringing a touch of the tropics to Northern California with the announcement of “Ocean Discovery,” a unique Caribbean-themed ocean experience that puts guests up close and personal with dolphins, stingrays, warm- weathered penguins and sea lions.

Ocean Discovery, expected to open this spring, will be the only place in Northern California where the ocean will touch guests as they touch and feed dolphins and stingrays while learning about the conservation and protection of these majestic mammals.

This lush, new tropical area will give guests the opportunity to:

– Touch, train, feed and play with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in an unforgettable interactive experience at Dolphin Encounter;
– Catch rare underwater and eye-level views of warm-weathered
penguins frolicking in their two-tier, 8,000-gallon outdoor rocky pool at Penguin Passage;
– Experience the slippery skin of exotic, southern stingrays alongside a 12,000-gallon pool at Stingray Bay;
– Enjoy an all-new Caribbean themed Sea Lion Show

“Ocean Discovery is the only place where Northern Californians can interact with these amazing ocean mammals first-hand,” said Six Flags Marine World vice president and general manager Joe Meck. “Instead of just watching the Dolphin Harbor show, you’ll now be able to touch and experience the dolphins for yourself, resulting in a remarkable, interactive and one-of-a-kind experience.”

For years, visitors have been fascinated with the aerial acrobatics, speed, beauty and grace of the Park’s dolphins at the Dolphin Harbor Shows. Now for the first time, guests will interact directly with these playful mammals as they assist the Park’s trainers in hands-on training sessions. At specific times during the day, guests will be able to assist the trainers in feeding, training and playing with the dolphins. All food type and quantity will be carefully controlled as part of the dolphin’s daily feeding program to ensure maximum health and protection. Guests can also watch the dolphins surf and play underwater in their new 200,000-gallon habitat.

Ocean Discovery also offers visitors the chance to touch and feed slithering southern stingrays, mysterious and fascinating sea creatures commonly found in the southern parts of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Visitors will be amazed at the stingrays’ elegance as they glide effortlessly inside a 12,000-gallon pool, with the slow strokes of their fins.

Among the most intriguing animals at Ocean Discovery will be the colony of Magellanic, or warm-weathered penguins. These extremely social birds can be seen swimming through the water at 15 miles per hour and basking in the sun. Found in South America, these flightless birds are sure to entertain observers from an outdoor, rocky-exhibit complete with an 8,000-gallon pool, replicating the penguin’s natural habitat.

In addition to the hands-on interaction experience, Six Flags Marine World will introduce a new theme and new animals, for one of the Park’s beloved productions — the Sea Lion Show. The humorous and entertaining performance will provide a combination of sea lions and river otters as they demonstrate an array of animal acrobatics and other surprises, ushering in an exciting new era for the Park’s Sea Lion Show.

The upcoming season at Six Flags Marine World includes the incredibly popular Shouka Splashtime Show. Shouka the beautiful killer whale, who joined the Six Flags Marine World family in the spring of 2004, will delight audiences as she glides through the water at top speed, bursting into the air, then splashing down creating a massive water wave that drenches those in the “Shouka Splash Zone.” Six Flags Marine World is the only marine mammal facility in the Northern California where guests can see and learn about fascinating killer whales.

In addition to the all-new Ocean Discovery experience, a spectacular Sea Lion Show and a full season of Shouka, Six Flags Marine World will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience with 35 wild rides, nine entertaining shows, and more than 3,000 rare and exotic animals in 35 up-close, animal attractions.

The Park opens on March 12, and now is the best time to become part of the fun and excitement with a Season Pass for the incredibly low price of just $54.99. The Season Pass also provides limitless fun at Waterworld USA in Concord and Sacramento. To order a Season Pass or to get more information, visit or call 707-643-6722.

Six Flags Marine World is located in Vallejo, California, off of Interstate 80, just 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, 50 miles southwest of Sacramento and near the Napa Valley Wine Country.

Six Flags Marine World is managed by Six Flags, Inc., the world’s largest regional theme park company. Through its subsidiaries, it owns and operates a total of 30 parks in North America and Europe. Six Flags parks serve 34 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly held corporation with offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The Company’s stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS. SIX FLAGS and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. (R), (TM) and (C) 2005.

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