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December 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Huskies meet the whales

I’ve landed in San Antonio, and the first thing we did was head to SeaWorld where a group of players with both teams got to participate in a few special activities there this morning.

I watched as six Huskies — Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Cort Dennison, Kiel Rasp, Will Mahan and Brendan Lopez — donned wet suits and jumped in the water to spend some time with a few Beluga whales.

Senio Kelemete and Alameda Ta’amu,meanwhile, participated in a situp contest against a walrus. And a few other players (only seniors were invited) rode one of the new roller coasters. CoachSark’s site has some pictures of all of it.

I hung out with the players with the whales (they took part in what is officially called the Beluga Interactive Program) as they were quickly tutored in how to help the whales perform a few tricks and also took turns feeding them. (This was all a little different than the trip on Saturday when the entire team essentially had its run of the place for a few hours. Today was a shorter deal for a few players to do a few specific activities).

I shot a few videos of the proceedings that you can see below. First up is a longer video of about four minute or so with some narration — and yes, it was fairly cold out there this morning, maybe about mid-50s or so and a little breezy, though it’s supposed to warm up into the 70s by gameday. That’s followed by a couple of shorter videos that cover much of the same territory followed by an interview with Dennison:

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Here’s some video of the players posing with the whales:

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Next is a bit more of the player interaction with the whales:

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Finally, here’s a brief interview with Dennison:

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