You may have questions about why whales and dolphins swim out of the water onto what we call “slide-out” areas. This is a social and play behavior our trainers see daily, and the animals are safe doing this. In fact, our whales and dolphins are trained to swim onto, and off of, the slide-outs so that we can monitor their growth and give them veterinary care. In this video, SeaWorld trainer Kelly Flaherty-Clark explains the behavior in more detail.
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