Jul 02

Bubbles The Pilot Whale Continues To Make a Big Splash at SeaWorld San Diego

by Staff

Something new and something, well . . .older. While SeaWorld San Diego's new dolphin show "Blue Horizons" is wowing guests every day, one of the performance's stars has been amazing visitors for decades.

Bubbles the pilot whale, who began her career more than 40 years ago, continues to thrill crowds with her jumps and dives, much to the delight of her dedicated fans.

Those who have had the chance to work with Bubbles have always loved her, and that includes the park's supervisor of animal training Kristi Burtis, who has played, trained and performed with Bubbles for more than 10 years.

Burtis says one of Bubble's best traits is her diplomatic nature because she has a knack of bringing stability to the diverse mammal community at Dolphin Stadium. She said Bubbles is also fascinated with the younger dolphins and when things get a bit rambunctious in the pool, she steps in to calm things down.

But Bubbles, it seems, was born to be a superstar. She began her expansive career at Marineland of the Pacific, once located along the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in the 1960s and was eventually given her own stadium and placed center stage. Her talent and allure made her an international star. Bubbles was a hit at Marineland for more than two decades. In 1987, Bubbles came to live at SeaWorld San Diego.

Over the last 20 years, Bubbles has performed in various dolphin shows at SeaWorld. And even those she in her mid-40s, the 3,000 pound pilot whale is still full of energy and enthusiasm.

Although “Blue Horizons” also features the park's amazing bottlenose and common dolphins and dozens of exotic birds, to many, the star of this new show is still the lovable and legendary Bubbles!