Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast is a four and a half star hotel, and the only theme park hotel in Australia with Sea World theme park right next door. It boasts 405 international-standard rooms in three separate accommodation wings and five different room categories. Families can choose budget packages or theme park packages that ensure they have access to all the fun.

After a recent upgrade, the tastefully appointed rooms feature modern amenities, d├ęcor and furnishings, and have been equipped with slim LCD televisions. To ensure you can always experience the great outdoors, each of the rooms is also fitted with a balcony or patio to give you unrivalled views of the Broadwater, pool or surrounding tropical gardens.

Families can also benefit from the All Day Meal Deal, which is a fully inclusive package designed to make catering on your holiday more affordable, and to ensure that the family is full of energy for their next adventure. The evening buffets are usually themed and may include tastes like Asian cuisine, carveries, Italian fare, seafood and world buffets to ensure that all preferences are catered for.

Guests of Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast can take advantage of complimentary access to the Water Park, which boasts the SpongeBob Splash Bash playground for kids to amuse themselves in, and a number of jets, slides and the infamous tipping bucket for younger guests. For those who are feeling a little more energetic, the large marina is ideal for jet skiing, jet boating, parasailing, cabin cruises, pool toys and BBQ pontoons to add a little more adventure to your vacation.

You can take the monorail to Sea World theme park to meet a host of underwater creatures like dolphins, polar bears, penguins and sharks and cool off on your return with a leisurely swim in the 50-metre heated swimming pool with its own waterfall. Guests can also look forward to beach access, table tennis, floodlit tennis courts, golf driving nets and a 1.6-hectare water park.

While the kids are having fun and getting rid of some extra steam, mom and dad can sit back and relax with pampering spa treatments or enjoy a cocktail at the poolside. For some exciting evening entertainment, the Australian Outback Spectacular provides an unforgettable dinner and show experience with an excellent cast, mesmerizing special effects and beautiful animals over a three course dinner.

The rooms at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast are serviced daily, and offer dining and movies in-room, as well as launderette, valet and dry cleaning services for guests on longer stays. There is also an in-house concierge and business centre, and for those who need to ensure they stay connected, in-room high speed internet and wireless hotspots are also available throughout the resort.

From water fun spectacles to spectacular sea animals next door at Sea World theme park, Sea World Resort truly is an oasis on ‘The Spit’.

Importance of Sea Turtles to Humans

Sea turtles have been living on this planet named Earth for more than 100 million years and they have travelled throughout the oceans of the world. They are one of the oldest species living on the earth. Their body structure is so much well designed that they have even survived the extinction which the dinosaurs failed to survive. But now human beings have become the greatest threat for the survival of this mighty creature. We have destroyed the harmony of nature and environment in such a way that sea turtles who have survived great extinctions are now on the brink of getting extinct. We can learn about the present condition of the earth’s climate and environment by observing the present condition of the sea turtles.

Sea turtles are of great economic value. They are the assets of those countries who have them in their territory. Sea beaches are popular tourists spot. Every year lots of people travel throughout the beaches of the world. And the beauty of the sea beaches is its living beings. Without corals, fishes, turtles and other estuarine animals, sea beaches lose its beauty. And to keep the ecosystem of the sea working in a proper way, all living beings should be conserved.

Green sea turtles are usually herbivorous in nature. They eat sea weds and keep them short which helps to maintain the quality of the sea bed. Sea grass also needed to be cut short like lawn grass for its better growth. Sea beds provide the ground for breeding for many valuable sea animals like crustaceans, fish, shellfishes etc. If turtles get extinct, health of the sea bed will be deteriorated and sea grass will decline. As a result, animals living on grass will be lost and this will affect other big animals who live on small herbivorous animals. Eventually whole ecosystem will collapse resulting in the destruction of the living beings of the sea which is the source of beauty of the sea beaches. So tourists would not come to travel sea beaches and the countries whose economies depend on tourism will suffer in the long run.

Sea beaches and dune system can not hold nutrition. So vegetation does not grow well in dunes and in beaches it does not grow at all. Sea turtles nest and lay eggs on beaches. Each turtle lays almost 100 eggs each season. Not every egg would hatch and not each of the hatchlings would be able to come out of the eggs. All these unhatched eggs and hatchlings who do not become successful in coming out of the nest and make the way to the sea are the source of nutrition in the beaches and dunes.

The more the nutrition the more vegetation grows in dunes. And as more vegetation grows, ecosystem of the beaches and dunes works properly. The vegetation also grabs the sands firmly in the beaches and prevents from being eroded. This saves the beauty of the sea beach. As the number of sea turtles is decreasing day by day, nutrition sources of dunes and beaches are also decreasing as a consequence. This will lead to the failure of the whole ecosystem and as a result the beach will lose its appeal to the tourists which will affect the economy of these countries severely.

Sea turtles have historical importance too. They were the symbol of aristocracy and delicacy in the ancient time. In China and Japan tortoise shell were used as a decorative ornament. They used to make it from carapace scutes of tortoise shell. Sea turtle scutes were processed by ancient Greeks and Romans to make components like brush and combs. Aristocrat class people used these tortoise produced components.

Peru’s ancient inhabits Moche used to worship the sea and living beings of the sea. Sea turtles have often been highlighted on their arts.

Mexican people harvest sea turtles for food and boot. In many areas of the world coastal people depend on turtles for the source of protein. Their skin is used for making shoes and leather bags in many areas of the world. They also protect humans from the attack of deadly box jellyfish by eating them.

We can see that the world is becoming a hostile place for sea turtles. It is a clear warning to us that it might become harder for us to survive too. If we learn from the mistakes which we have made and pledge to make things right to save sea turtles from getting extinct, we will be saving ourselves too.

Locomotion of Animals

The word “locomotion” means “moving from place to place”. It comes from two Latin words: “locus”, meaning “place” and “motio” meaning “movement”. Animals can move from place to place in water, in air, or on land. Such movement does require work and their bodies must be lifted or moved forward or both.

Even humans can notice this easily. When you walk, you feel the weight of your body. As you lift each foot, you work against the downward pull of gravity. When you swim, the water supports your weight almost entirely. The downward pull of gravity is balanced by the upward lift of the surrounding water. However, you will have to work to push through the water as it resists your moving body. On land in, air resists your movement very little. You can even hardly notice the resistance. Therefore, animals that live in water work mainly to overcome the resistance of their surroundings. Animals that live out of water work mainly to overcome the pull of gravity. Locomotion is naturally very different in air and in water.

A fast-swimming fish, such as a mackerel, has an ideal shape for moving rapidly through water. The body tapers at the front and tail. The shape meets very little resistance from surrounding water since water streams smoothly over the surface of the body. It is also the shape of large sea mammals such as whales and dolphins. This is the shape men have chosen to base the submarine design on. The streamlined shape is necessary for rapid movement in water because it gives the much needed stiffening and power.

The force of the forward push depends on the size, shape and slant of the tailfin while the animal’s speed through the water is determined by its body size. A dolphin 6 feet long can easily swim at 20 mph. Its body shape is streamlined like that of a fast-swimming fish, but its body and tail speak up and down rather than side to side. The surface of a dolphin’s body does meet some resistance from the water and this is why huge whales about 100 feet long swim no faster than the smaller dolphins. Except when the animal is attacking its spray or escaping an enemy, to swim at high speeds demands more effort than the body can afford.

Others sea animals move through water much more slowly. Worms and snails glide along the bottom while turtles and other animals paddle. Jellyfishes move by some sort of jet propulsion. The squid, octopus and the clam swim by somewhat the same method as well.

On land most kinds of animals move from place to place a means of legs. Legs work against the pull of gravity by lifting and supporting the weight of the body to carry it forward. For rapid locomotion over the ground, a few pairs of longer legs seem better than lots of short legs. A spider can move across the table faster than a millipede can and a mouse can move faster than a spider. The fewer and longer the legs are, however, the better the body must be balanced. In an insect, the body must be carefully balanced so all its legs support the middle part of the body. An insect moves only three legs at a time because the other three legs are used for support. And an insect has its weight equal in both the front and behind of the body. Although this is good for balance, this arrangement is not as good for fast local motion as in vertebrates.

Four legs support most land vertebrates and move it from place to place. In some animals like the salamander, the legs are at the sides so the animal wriggles like a fish. When standing, some vertebrates place their body weight on their front legs and some place it on their hind legs. Others also place it evenly on both pairs of legs. In order not to fall down when walking, a four-legged animal must always have the other 3 feet on the ground. No foot is lifted off the ground unless the center of the body weight is spread over the other 3 feet. For instance, if movement begins with the right front leg, the left rear leg steps next. Then the left front leg moves, followed by the right rear leg. This pattern is the same for a turtle, dog, or a human infant on all fours. By walking this way, a four-legged animal can stop suddenly at any moment without falling down