Turtle Reef Press Release
6/1/2016 1:12:00 PM
SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO’S INTERACTIVE
SEA TURTLE ATTRACTION
An attraction called Turtle Reef at SeaWorld® San Diego allows guests to get an up-close look at dozens of 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. Guests have been enjoying Turtle Reef since its debut in 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 threatened 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 and the obstacles they face along the way, including pollution.
“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.
SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. Admission is $89.99 for ages 10 and older; $83.99 for ages 3–9; free for under 3. Parking is $17; $12 for motorcycles; $22 for RVs and Up-Close. Park hours vary by season. Visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (800) 257-4268 for hours and information.
About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
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Updated: July 2016