Barbi Twins vs. Barbie and Mattel’s New Marine Mammal Trainer Doll – News Watch

Barbi Twinsby Jordan Schaul

I learned last week that Mattel’s new Barbie I Can Be SeaWorld Trainer hit the market. This is a great partnership SeaWorld has forged with Mattel in regard to this new merchandise.

Marine parks like SeaWorld offer people a chance to learn about marine mammals and marine ecosystems in context that is both entertaining and engaging. The human-animal bond that develops between trainers and captive whales and dolphins (cetaceans) and pinnipeds conveys a certain respect for these sentient beings.  In fact, it was SeaWorld of Ohio that offered me my first exposure to the subjects of marine mammalogy and conservation.  SeaWorld of Ohio no longer exists, but three other SeaWorld parks in Texas, Florida and California continue to educate millions of people.

I went on to train marine mammals at two Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities—an aquarium and a zoo. I also conducted field work on activity budgets of California sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, as well as census studies on both baleen whales and toothed whales, including orca (killer whales) and several dolphin species.

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