SeaWorld Orlando Overview – An Amazing Florida Park Filled With Sea Animals and Fun Rides

The Orlando/Kissimmee area of Florida has always been a top tourist spot, due to all of its attractions and amusement parks. Since it’s located in the center of the state, it doesn’t experience the hot, scalding temperatures of other areas of Florida during summer months. This makes it an ideal destination – especially if you want to visit the SeaWorld Orlando park.

This is a sea animal zoological park and amusement park combined in to one. It is consistently ranked as one of the top most visited parks in the US. If you want to go to SeaWorld in Orlando, you can order your tickets online.

There are a number of ticket options available, including single-day passes and multiple-visit passes. Some of the tickets also include a visit to the nearby water park, Aquatica. If you want to stay for more than one day, you will find that some of the hotels in the Orlando area work with SeaWorld to provide visitors with an all-inclusive vacation package.

Once you arrive, there are so many things to do that you might not know where to begin. Most people choose to go to SeaWorld Orlando because they are interested in marine-animal life. The Manta Aquarium is a fun place to visit, with its 360-degree pop-up aquarium, filled with 3,000 or so animals. In addition to manta rays, you will also find a giant octopus and countless fish.

If you are interested in learning more about marine animals, you can participate in one of the park’s educational programs. These programs are very fun and interesting for people of all ages. Animals involved in the interaction programs include beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more.

There are plenty of thrilling rides you can go on, including the Kraken. This legendary beast is brought to life in the form of a fun roller coaster. It’s consistently ranked as one of the top coasters in the world by enthusiasts. It’s a fast floorless coaster that rises high above the park. The monster will lift you up really high and then drop you down abruptly, spiraling on the way down.

For the younger visitors, there is a wonderful place called Shamu’s Happy Harbor. If you’re taking your kids along, be sure to take them there. There are fun, family-friendly rides at Shamu’s Happy Harbor, including Net Climb, Jazzy Jellies, Sea Carousel, and Ocean Commotion.

Now you have some ideas of what to expect with SeaWorld Orlando. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top destination spots in Florida – it’s filled with thrills, interesting animals, and everything in between.

A Sea Change in Thinking About Sea Animals

Feel-good stories about centenarians are nothing new, but a recent harrowing tale with a happy ending about one long-lived fellow named George may have taken some readers by surprise. George was abducted from his home in Newfoundland, Canada, taken to New York City, where he was imprisoned in a small enclosure for 10 days, and then, after his captors had a change of heart, released in Maine. George was last seen swimming to freedom.

Did I mention that George is a 20-pound, 140-year-old lobster? The old-timer got his second chance at life when the folks at Manhattan’s City Crab and Seafood-where George had been confined to a tank-agreed to let PETA return him to the sea.

While no animal deserves to be kept in a tiny tank or boiled alive, surely any lobster who has avoided being trapped almost since the Civil War has earned the right to live out his days in freedom and peace.

Lobsters are fascinating animals who, like George, can live to be more than 100 years old, recognize individual lobsters, remember past acquaintances, have elaborate courtship rituals and help guide young lobsters across the ocean floor by holding claws in a line that can stretch for many yards. And although theories abound, no one has ever come up with a satisfactory way to give lobsters a painless death.

A study in New Scientist gives chefs who insist that crustaceans cannot feel pain “claws” for concern. When researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast daubed acetic acid on the antennae of 144 prawns, the animals reacted by vigorously rubbing and grooming the affected antenna for several minutes. Dr. Robert Elwood says that his study shows that prawns and their crustacean cousins, lobsters and crabs, are sensitive to pain.

Even before the New Scientist study, the European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare had concluded that lobsters and crabs are capable of experiencing pain and distress and are worthy of legislative protection.

Lobsters also just might be a little smarter than many people give them credit for. University of New Hampshire zoologist Win Watson dropped a lobster trap rigged with a camera into the water and discovered lobsters wandering in and out of traps at will. Most lobsters go into the traps, grab a bite of food and then swim right back out.

In late 2007, dozens of lobsters-destined to be boiled alive-in an Asian supermarket in Germany made a break for it. Sometime during the night, the lobsters crawled out of their poorly secured crates, scampered across the floor and squeezed through metal shutters at the front of the store and out onto the street.

The cunning crustaceans were eventually apprehended, but their daring escape saved their lives: They were taken to an animal sanctuary.

So, the next time you see a lobster waving his antennae at you from a murky grocery store tank, don’t just pass him by: He could be signaling an SOS. Not all of us will have the opportunity to help an old-timer like George, but we can all make a difference simply by keeping crustaceans-and other animals-off our plates.