SAN DIEGO (CNS) - SeaWorld San Diego opened its doors for the first time 48 years ago Wednesday.
The original park was spread over 22 acres, with two aquariums, a few dolphins and sea lions, and had 45 employees. It grew out of an original vision of an underwater restaurant by four UCLA fraternity brothers.
The first year, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors, according to SeaWorld. In the years since, 145 million have passed through the turnstiles.
The theme park now covers 189 acres, with parks in Orlando and San Antonio also carrying the SeaWorld name. SeaWorld has become a leader in marine conservation and is world famous for its "Shamu" whale shows.
No birthday activities took place at the park today, but plans are in the works for SeaWorld's golden anniversary in 2014, spokeswoman Kelly Terry said.
Viewing events for Monday's solar eclipse, in which 57 percent of the sun will be covered for a time in San Diego, are scheduled to take place around the area.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
People across the country are getting ready to view an historic solar eclipse. News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow headed to a small town in Wyoming to view it and brings us the story.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.