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Huss Airboat gondola

SeaWorld San Diego has confirmed that it will add Riptide Rescue, a Huss Airboat ride, in time for the 2011 season.

The new attraction is aimed at families and features 12 gondolas themed as rescue boats, which can carry 2 passengers each. The gondolas swing round a central arm, and feature an open-top design to increase the level of thrills for riders. Huss Airboats are typically themed around alligator encounters, but SeaWorld San Diego appears to be breaking from this tradition to give Riptide Rescue a Coastguard theme.

The park will also debut a brand new sea turtle display in 2011, which it claims will be the largest in the US. Featuring 60 green and hawksbill sea turtles, along with thousands of tropical fish, the attraction will replace the Manatee Rescue exhibit which closed earlier this year.

Along with SeaWorld's parks in Orlando and San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego has already confirmed plans to replace the Believe killer whale show with an all-new concept next year. Believe will close after a four-year-run, with the company claiming that its replacement is unrelated to the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau earlier this year.

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