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Fascinating Wildlife Exhibits
SeaWorld animals are what makes SeaWorld theme park one of the most
popular in Orlando.
All ages will delight in discovering the marine
life on display here.
Wild Arctic is adjacent to the Wild
Arctic simulator ride.
The setting for this exhibit is a
polar research station. Once inside you immediately feel a chill in the
Away from the Florida heat outside, you feel like you could be in
the Arctic (OK don't worry, It's not really that cold!)
Inside is home to two polar bears named Klondike and Snow. They have a
large area to roam around in and you can even see them underwater.
There's also some beluga whales to observe both at the surface level
and underwater. They are very active and repeatedly swim up for a air
and dive back down again.
Then there are two large walruses. The best way to see them is through
the underwater tank. They too are very active, they swim around
constantly in a sort of 'loop' that there is within the tank. They swim
up, go across, dive down and around and around they go. At many times
they come really close to the glass, which is pretty amazing. Just
think, you will probably never get to see marine mammals of this size
up close anywhere else!
is another indoor exhibit at SeaWorld Florida, it is a recreation
of Antarctica called Penguin Encounter. It showcases six different
species of penguins including Emperor, King, Chinstrap, Rock hopper and
Gen too. There are also puffins and a few other sea birds. You can bet
they feel right at home here in the chilly -1 degree enclosure complete
with snow covered rocks and icy waters to swim in. It snows here
When you enter Penguin Encounter you can either view the whole exhibit
by standing on the sliding walkway or you can walk along by yourself at
the front in order to get a closer look.
For a SeaWorld animal encounter of a more deadly kind check out the
124ft long tunnel full of sharks, moray eels, barracuda and an array of
tropical fish and corals. Stand on the moving conveyor belt and watch
some of the most poisonous, dangerous and aggressive sea creatures on
earth. Shark species in here include nurse sharks, bull sharks, lemon
sharks and sawtooth sharks. It's great to be able to see them just a
few inches away!
There's also an area with separate tanks on display, in one of them are
lion fish. Despite their delicate and pretty appearance, these are
highly toxic sea creatures. Each appendage is equipped with poison
filled spears, ready to launch a painful attack on its victim.
The tank is built from acrylic panels, each are a foot thick and weigh
5,000lbs. They withstand the water pressure of 500 tons, keeping you
and the sharks at a safe distance!
Shark Encounter is also visible from within the upscale Sharks
Underwater Grill restaurant. If you choose to have lunch here you'll
feel like you're immersed in a watery world, with sharks swimming by
behind floor-to-ceiling windows.
SeaWorld Florida has recreated the rugged Northwestern Pacific coast in
this exhibit, which is home to California sea lions, fur seals, harbor
seals and shore birds. Within its two acre area, there are rocky
out-croppings and beaches with waves. I'd suggest going here as a
'filler-in' between shows because it never seems too busy.
There's an underwater viewing area here too, so you can see the seals
and sea lions swimming by. If you want to get a closer look, you can
buy fish to feed to the sea lions, but try to go earlier in the day
before the afternoon sun heats up. They seem to be less interested
then, or maybe they're just full!?
- The Last Generation?
SeaWorld Florida is host to hundreds of injured manatees each year. A
Rescue and Rehabilitation Team brings back manatees to be treated and
cared for before returning them to the wild. These gentle giants weigh
up to 1,000lbs and spend most of their day sleeping or swimming along
the sea bed. Unfortunately, boats and other water craft collide with
them, especially in shallow waters. You may see scarring on the backs
of these mammals caused by boat propeller blades.
Here, you'll find them in a lush lagoon. There are numerous displays
showing information about manatees and their plight.
There are eight magnificent Clydesdale horses, otherwise known as the
'Budweiser horses'. Anheuser-Busch is the parent company of SeaWorld
theme park and Budweiser. Hence the fairly obvious product placement!
Even so, you'll find the clydesdales in the hamlet (stables) or out on
parade through the park. Parades run several times per day, check the
daily calendar at the park for specific times. There are opportunities
to pet the horses and get photographs with them.
Also see the Anheuser-Busch Hospitality Center next door for some free
beer and more information on the company.
This is an area in the park devoted to sea creatures of warmer climes.
There are a few smaller exhibits here:-
- Turtle Point
SeaWorld has rescued many sea turtles from predators and injury in the
wild. You can see six different species here including loggerhead,
Kemp’s ridley, hawks bill, and green sea turtles. They live in a
lagoon complete with sandy beaches, dunes and indigenous plant life.
Make a brief stop here as turtles tend not to be the most lively bunch!
- Dolphin Cove
Dolphin Cove allows you to get up close and feed and pet the dolphins.
There's a poolside area where you stand and can reach into the water as
they swim by and there's an underwater viewing area beneath. Try to get
here early before it gets too crowded. Also, the dolphins seem to be
more active in the mornings. Unfortunately, you have to shell out some
money to buy fish to feed them, it's around $5 per serving. The feeding
times are set each day (so the dolphins don't over eat) so check at the
park first thing if you're really set on doing this.
- Stingray Lagoon
This is more accessible than dolphin cove. Both mature and fledgling
stingrays glide around this long shallow pool which is raised to waist
height, making it easier to reach them. They are quite accustomed to
being touched and feel quite rough.
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