In 1964 SeaWorld was developed by four graduate
students of UCLA, led by Milton Shedd.  The concept
started as an underwater park and restaurant but grew instead into
the idea of a marine life park to be situated in Mission Bay of San
Diego.  The SeaWorld park began with an investment of $1.5 million to
buy 22 acres of property in Mission Bay along with sea lions and
dolphins to be raised and showcased to salt water aquariums.  Initially
opened on March 21, 1964 in San Diego the SeaWorld theme parks
went public in 1968 and expanded operations to other cities in the
United States.  In 1970 a SeaWorld park was opened in Aurora, Ohio
and another in 1973 opened in Orlando, Florida.  The largest SeaWorld
park was built in 1988 in San Antonio, Texas.

Currently SeaWorld is owned and operated by the Anheuser-Busch
Companies, makers of the popular Budweiser beers, having bought
the SeaWorld parks from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc (HBJ) in
1989.  

Currently the Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC) division of the
Anheuser-Busch Companies oversea the day to day operations of this
San Diego theme park.  The Ohio SeaWorld park was sold to Six Flags
Entertainment in 2001, with the remaining still controlled by BEC.  
According to their web page SeaWorld parks have had 24,000 animals
born in all of their parks including 20 killer whale births over 100
dolphin births.

Tickets are pricey but discounts can be made available in San Diego if
needed.

For more info contact:
http://www.seaworld.org

http://www.seaworld.org/ask-shamu/faq.htm#sw-animals

Tickets
ADMISSION:

Adult: (10+) $54.00
Child (3-9): $44.00
Infants: Free

Parking:
$10 for cars.
$15 for RVs &
campers.
$6 for Motorcycle.
$15 for Preferred
parking.

Hours:
9AM to 11PM
in May 2007