There’s more than one fish in the sea—and this is especially true when it comes to family activities in Orlando. If you and your family enjoy activities from the deepest regions of the sea to the shores and beyond, make sure you plan a getaway to SeaWorld for an unforgettable aquatic adventure.
- Beluga Whales
These socially outgoing mammals travel in pods and thrive in icy arctic and sub-arctic waters. As Belugas mature, their bodies turn white. This provides protection and helps them blend in to their frigid surroundings. They are also known as sea canaries because they can be heard singing. Because they lack a dorsal fin, Belugas can easily travel under sheets of ice in search of breathing holes.
Dolphins are graceful, intelligent and full of character. They also possess the ability to adapt to harsh aquatic environments. When you’re at the exhibit of these magnificent creatures, be sure to listen for their whistles. Each sound is unique and helps identify dolphins as individuals. If you can’t hear a difference, their personalities of the dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando will certainly set them apart.
- Killer Whales
In case you didn’t know, killer whales are the largest type of dolphin and the speediest swimmers in the ocean. Killer whales hunt by using a process known as echolation in which they send sound to detect prey. When the sound hits a potential food source, it bounces back like an echo. Though the physical appearance of killer whales is intimidating, they still travel in pods to increase their chances of capturing prey and protecting their young.
- Harbor Seals
Pinnipeds, or seals as they are more commonly known, are not able to travel distances on land and must swim to travel from place to place. Harbor Seals do this by flapping their rear flippers in a sideways motion like a fish moves. Pups can instinctively swim at birth and must learn to seek out their own food within just four to six months. On land, these seals inch their way around by scooting forward as their hind flippers drag behind them.
Though they look like stealth aggressors, stingrays actually spend most of their time burrowed in the sands of shallow water. Their flat bodies are made up of pectoral fins that connect with their head and trunk with their trademark tail. If startled or stepped on, the stingray will lash out by striking with its tail and injecting venom into perpetrators. Stingrays use electric impulses to search for food sources such as clams, oysters and mussels. These fantastic animals living in the Manta Aquarium and Stingray Lagoon have jaw teeth that allow them to crush the shells that protect their prey.
When flightless birds spend more than 75% of their time at sea, you expect them to have some pretty impressive adaptive features. To start, penguins have more feathers than other birds, almost 100 per square inch. These short, closely placed, overlapping feathers help repel water and keep it away from penguins’ skin. Though they can’t fly, their wings are still important. Penguins use their wings as flippers to glide through the waters at remarkable speeds. Make sure you include a trip to the penguin house as one of your family activities in Orlando at SeaWorld.