SeaWorld San Diego Reopens Newly Enhanced and Upgraded Sea Turtle Habitat, Offering Park Guests New Ways to Explore and Learn
SAN DIEGO, Ca. (April 19, 2022) – SeaWorld San Diego has introduced a newly enhanced and upgraded Turtle Reef™, an environmental habitat to sea turtles including Bruce, a rescued and non-releasable green sea turtle, that all receive SeaWorld’s world-class animal care and expertise. The habitat had been closed since October 2021 for enhancements and upgrades and recently reopened to the public. The sea turtles are among more than 250 different species of animals at SeaWorld San Diego, an accredited zoological facility, that guests can see while at the park.
Eight new skylights were added to allow natural sunlight to filter in over the animals in addition to a new large and now seamless main viewing window. Additional species of tropical fish are currently being added to the habitat. Flooring throughout the guest viewing areas has been enhanced and repainted, along with the addition of new themed rocks, and additional air conditioning ducts, to improve the guest experience as they move through the area.
Guests can now get an up-close look at resident turtles in San Diego that include threatened green and loggerhead sea turtles, and endangered hawksbill sea turtles. As part of Turtle Reef’s opening and SeaWorld’s commitment to education and conservation efforts, SeaWorld will host daily Turtle Talks starting on April 23 with an animal educator who will share sea turtle stats and facts, rescue and unique stories of species in the habitat, plus answer questions to inquiring guests about the species and their environment. Turtle Talk times are subject to change and guests are encouraged to visit the daily park schedule on the website.
“Sea turtles play an important role in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems including, among other things, maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, but sadly every species is currently threatened or endangered,” said Eric Otjen, Curator of Zoological Operations and Animal Rescue at SeaWorld San Diego. “Through combining education with world class animal care and permanent homes for sea turtles that cannot be returned to the wild ocean, SeaWorld is furthering its conservation mission to protect marine animals and their habitats.”
Interactive Educational Experiences Help Inspire the Next Generation of Conservationists
SeaWorld’s turtle habitats offer 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 six of the seven species of sea turtles found in the world being classified as threatened or endangered. Educational games also teach players the importance of sea turtle conservation with elements and challenges designed to highlight various threats to turtle species, including predatory ocean animals and human-caused pollution. For example:
Individualized Care and Specialized Treatment and Nutrition Ensure Every Sea Turtle Thrives
Providing world class animal care is a top priority for SeaWorld. Animal care specialists and veterinarians observe and assess behavior and check the physical health of each animal. This includes inspecting flipper and shell conditions and scrubbing shells to remove algae. In-depth health assessments are performed with physical examinations that track changes in weight and size and through bloodwork to check for overall system health. Animal care specialists utilize color-coded targets to engage the animals mentally, help separate turtles from each other during feeds to monitor and ensure they are receiving the proper diet, and help in the movement of turtles for physical exams. In addition to thorough health exams, SeaWorld provides specialized care for sea turtles with unique health conditions.
Purchase with a Purpose to Support Conservation Efforts
After viewing the sea turtles in their habitat and learning more about the species, guests can visit the newly remodeled Turtle Reef gift store to shop for new merchandise and arrivals. Only available at the park for purchase, guests can choose from a new line of SeaWorld Rescue items including collector SeaWorld Rescue doll sets and play sets, apparel, turtle plush and more. Starting this week, guests will receive 10% off select turtle merchandise for a limited time. Plus, a portion of every SeaWorld Rescue purchase goes directly to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to help wildlife and wild places all over the world.
Park Offerings Provide Something Fun for Everyone
In addition to visiting Turtle Reef, guests can enjoy animal presentations, family and thrill rides, interactive exhibits, fireworks and more this month. SeaWorld San Diego has two more weeks of Seven Seas Food Festival, the park’s biggest food and drink festival with more than 150 mouthwatering food and drink offerings and 30 new flavors with unique recipes from around the world running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 1. As part of the event, guests can enjoy SeaWorld’s firework spectacular every Friday and Saturday throughout April. For hot days and spring evenings, guests can enjoy the wind and water in their face by riding Emperor, California’s newest, tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster that is now open, or recently reopened Journey to Atlantis, a fan-favorite that is part thrill ride, part water ride for those warm sunny San Diego days.
Pass Holders Can Enjoy the Sea Turtle Experience All Year Long
The best way to see marine animals up close, including sea turtles, and learn more about their conservation through hands-on learning and interactive experiences is to become a SeaWorld Pass Holder. Annual passes start as low as $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 purchase of every annual pass goes toward SeaWorld’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.seaworldsandiego.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook and Instagram for the latest announcements and information.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company 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 39,000 animals in need over the Company’s history. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 60-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 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. 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.