SeaWorld San Diego has introduced a newly upgraded and upgraded Turtle Reef™, an environmental habitat for sea turtles, including Bruce, a rescued, non-releasable Green Sea Turtle, who receive all of the world-class care and expertise of Sea World.
The habitat had been closed since October 2021 for improvements and upgrades and recently reopened to the public. Sea turtles are one of more than 250 different species of animals at SeaWorld San Diego, an accredited zoological facility, which guests can view in the park.
Eight new skylights have been added to allow natural sunlight to filter in above the animals, in addition to a new large main viewing window that is now transparent.
Other tropical fish species are currently being added to the habitat.
The flooring in all guest viewing areas has been upgraded and repainted, along with the addition of new themed rocks and additional air conditioning ducts, to enhance the guest experience as they move through the area.
Guests can now see San Diego’s resident turtles up close, including the threatened green and loggerhead turtles and endangered hawksbill turtles.
As part of Turtle Reef’s openness and SeaWorld’s commitment to education and conservation efforts, SeaWorld will host daily turtle talks beginning April 23 with an animal educator who will share statistics and insights. sea turtle facts, unique rescues and stories of species in habitat, and answers. questions to visitors who wonder about the species and their environment. Turtle Talk hours are subject to change and guests are encouraged to check the park’s daily schedule on the website.
“Sea turtles play an important role in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems, including maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, but unfortunately all species are currently threatened or endangered,” said Eric Otjen. , curator of zoological operations and animal rescue at SeaWorld. San Diego.
“By combining education with world-class animal care and permanent homes for sea turtles that cannot be returned to the wild ocean, SeaWorld continues its conservation mission to protect marine animals and their habitats. “
Inspire the next generation of conservationists
SeaWorld’s Turtle Habitats provide interactive experiences for guests or all ages where they can learn about sea turtle nesting, where turtles live, what they eat and the threats that lead to ranking six of the seven species of sea turtles found around the world as threatened or endangered.
The educational games also teach players the importance of sea turtle conservation with items and challenges designed to highlight various threats to turtle species, including predatory ocean animals and pollution caused by sea turtles. ‘male.
TurtleLink – A touchscreen world map that allows customers to track real live sea turtles in oceans around the world. When guests touch a turtle on the digital map, the map displays information, photos, and even video footage of turtles being returned to the ocean.
Beach Race – The interactive family video game, Race to the Beach, allows guests to select a sea turtle-shaped handheld controller and guide their pet’s journey to the Baja Peninsula to lay eggs, while navigating challenges artificial and natural that turtles face in the wild.
Each controller is tied to a specific turtle species and recreates their ride, including the unique things each turtle species eats. The game helps players better understand migration and the challenges sea turtles face in the wild. This is the first interactive educational activity at SeaWorld parks using gamification.
Ensuring Every Sea Turtle Thrives
Providing world-class animal care is a top priority for SeaWorld. Animal care specialists and veterinarians observe and evaluate the behavior and check the physical health of each animal. This includes inspecting the condition of the fins and shells and cleaning the shells to remove algae. Thorough health assessments are done with physical exams that track changes in weight and height and through blood tests to check the overall health of the system.
Animal care specialists use color-coded targets to mentally engage animals, help separate turtles from each other during mealtimes to monitor and ensure they are getting the right diet, and help move turtles around for physical examinations. In addition to thorough health screenings, SeaWorld provides specialized care for sea turtles with unique health conditions.
Purchasing to support conservation efforts
After seeing sea turtles in their habitat and learning more about the species, customers can visit the newly renovated Turtle Reef Gift Shop to purchase new merchandise and novelties. Only available for purchase in the park, guests can choose from a new line of SeaWorld Rescue items, including SeaWorld Rescue doll sets and playsets, clothing, turtle stuffed animals and more.
Passholders can enjoy the sea turtle experience all year round
The best way to see marine animals, including sea turtles, up close and learn about their conservation through hands-on learning and interactive experiences is to become a SeaWorld Passholder. Annual passes start at just $12.50/month and include unlimited visits, seasonal events, and exclusive rewards. Plus, special monthly discounts, offers and rewards throughout the year.
A portion of every Annual Pass purchase is dedicated to SeaWorld’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
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See you there, San Diego!