Turtle Reef Press Release

Turtle Reef Press Release

6/1/2011 1:12:00 PM


A new attraction called Turtle Reef at SeaWorld® San Diego allows guests to get an up-close look at up to 60 threatened and endangered sea turtles and learn about the threats the species face. In addition, it features thousands of tropical fish, interactive educational activities and an exciting ride. Turtle Reef opened June 18, 2011.

A 280,000-gallon coral reef themed habitat, the attraction’s focal point, features adult green sea turtles — some more than 50 years old — tropical fish, and juvenile green sea turtles that hatched at the park in 2009.

“We are thrilled to feature these amazing creatures, some of which are endangered species,” said Thad Dirksen, SeaWorld’s curator of fishes.  “Our hatchlings are a testament to our stellar husbandry practices and ability to design habitats that allow animals to thrive.”

As guests make their way through Turtle Reef, they embark upon the life cycle of sea turtles, learning about how they nest, where they live, what they eat and the threats they face in the wild.  This total immersive experience includes Turtlelink, a touch-screen map that highlights SeaWorld’s rescue and conservation efforts, as well as tracks sea turtles in the wild.  Turtle Reef also includes Race for the Beach, an educational, motion-controlled video game that pits participants against others to illustrate sea turtles’ daunting sea-to-shore journey.  Dual cylindrical-shaped aquariums — one with jellyfish, another with plastic bags that can be mistaken for food — help illustrate how sea turtles often confuse trash for food.

“I think it’s important for our guests to learn how they too can play a role in keeping trash and pollution out of the sea turtles’ ocean environment,” said Dirksen.  “We’re glad to be environmentally responsible by eliminating the use of plastic bags in our park,” Dirksen added.

A new ride in the plaza at Turtle Reef called Riptide Rescue enhances the attraction’s adventures as passengers spin in gondola-raft boats on a turtle rescue mission of their own.

SeaWorld is open year-round, including holidays.  Admission is $79 for ages 10 and older; $71 for age 3–9.  Park hours vary by season.  Call (800) 25-SHAMU or visit www.seaworldsandiego.com for more information.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world's most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.


Created: June 2011