Wednesday, June 15, 2011

San Diego: SeaWorld’s Newest Exhibit – Turtle Reef

Turtle Reef opens at SeaWorld San Diego June 18 

SeaWorld San Diego’s newest attraction, Turtle Reef, opens June 18, 2011 and promises to be the largest exhibit in the world dedicated to sea turtles. The multi-level attraction leads guests on an interactive journey through the life cycle of sea turtles, where they learn about the creature’s habitat and threats faced in the wild. Visitors will also learn how trash and pollution can affect the turtles and what they can do to help these threatened and endangered species. An impressive 300,000-gallon aquarium with an underwater viewing gallery allows visitors an up-close look at the turtles, some more than 50 years old, and you’ll marvel at the thousands of tropical fish on display. Also at Turtle Reef is a touch screen map, Turtlelink, that educates guests on sea turtle tracking and SeaWorld’s rescue efforts. The park’s rescue team has rescued more than 1,500 threatened or endangered sea turtles over 30 years. A new ride, Riptide Rescue, takes passengers on an exciting rescue mission of their own.
To coincide with the opening of Turtle Reef and to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution (a threat to sea turtles), SeaWorld will discontinue using plastic bags at its gift shops. Instead, paper and reusable bags will be used, a move that will save more than 1 million plastic bags from circulation each year.
More Information: SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9am to 10pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am to 11pm.
Admission: $69.99- ages 10 and older, $61.99- ages 3 to 9, Free- ages 2 and under
Parking: $14 per car, $19 RV or camper, $10 motorcycles
Phone: 800-25-SHAMU (800-257-4268)


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