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      #139487 - 01/08/10 08:48 AM

Just in case anyone wants the info. I'm not sure if it has been posted here or not.


SAN ANTONIO (June 2, 2009) – SeaWorld San Antonio welcomed Beethoven, a male beluga whale from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, yesterday.

Sixteen-year-old Beethoven was transported via aircraft in a specially designed, water-filled transport unit from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. In the aircraft, air and water temperatures were maintained in a range appropriate for the health and comfort of the animal. SeaWorld San Antonio’s zoological operations team attended to his needs during the six-hour journey.

“The transport procedure went very smoothly,” said Chris Bellows, SeaWorld San Antonio’s vice president of zoological operations. “Animals are moved between partner aquariums on occasion to provide the best possible social grouping, opportunities for breeding and for public display.”

Beethoven will be watched round the clock while he acclimates to his new environment at SeaWorld San Antonio. It is hoped that he can be introduced to other members of the park's beluga community within a short period of time.

Beethoven lived at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for 11 years. When he was born in 1992, he was the first successful beluga whale birth at SeaWorld San Antonio.

SeaWorld San Antonio is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

SeaWorld San Antonio is one of 10 Worlds of Discovery parks operated by Busch Entertainment Corporation, the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Other Worlds of Discovery parks include SeaWorld parks in San Diego, Calif., and Orlando, Fla.; Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Fla. and Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. near Philadelphia; Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park in Orlando; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. Additionally, Busch Entertainment Corporation created the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide. For more information, visit www.seaworld.com or www.WorldsofDiscovery.com.



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