You’ll find water, water everywhere at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium—and more than 5,000 fascinating creatures from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as you and your family travel through a 360-degree tunnel of aquatic wonderment.
Ever wished you could touch a live starfish? SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium can make your dream come true—but you’re going to have to get a little wet first. The Interactive Rockpool is an exciting and educational hands-on experience that allows families to safely handle a diverse array of marine life that lives along the coasts of oceans. Feel a green sea anemone slither through your fingers. It’s sticky to the touch, but oh-so-fun to feel. You’ll also encounter shelled land dwellers like the playful but solitary hermit crab.
Inhabitants of this Orlando attraction include: green sea turtles, cownose rays, clownfish, grey reef sharks, tasseled wobbegongs, zebra sharks, barracuda, southern stingrays, green moray eels, fresh water turtles, goliath grouper, sandbar sharks, tarpon, pufferfish and mangrove stingrays.
Featured Sea Creatures
The Giant Pacific octopus is the biggest octopus in the world (hence the name) and reaches lengths of 12 feet when its tentacles are fully spread. This creature is highly intelligent and thrives in the icy waters of the Pacific Northwest. Though this octopus prefers a diet of crab and shrimp, it has been known to feast on small sharks. They have keen eyesight and have the ability to distinguish between different people. The Giant Pacific octopus can blend into any environment thanks to a camouflaging system that allows them to change both skin color and texture.
Jellyfish have inhabited the world’s oceans for more than 650 million years—that means they’re older than dinosaurs and sharks. These amazing sea creatures float along the currents and tides. The jellyfish tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando feature constantly moving water to create the same effect. Jellyfish have no nerves, no blood runs through them, they do not have a heart and they lack a brain. In fact, they’re 95 percent water. So what about their stings? Some species are harmless. Others can kill. Bottom line? Always use caution and never touch one that has washed up on shore.
The blacktip reef shark can be found lurking in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean—and the marine tanks inside this Orlando aquarium. These stealthy creatures have a menacing appearance that most would easily associate with the look of a shark. Blacktip reef sharks can live as many as 12 years and eat a variety of fish including the large ray finned teleost.
Shy and small, the seahorse is completely harmless to every fish in the ocean. This exhibit is an educational experience that goes into great detail about the life of seahorse. Find out why the male keeps newborn babies in his pouch. Learn why they grasp the plants at the ocean floor. Watch as seahorses use their fins to swim and steer through the mangrove area. Discover why the female reproduces every three months. See how SEA LIFE Conservation works to inform the public about the endangered seahorse and what measures are being taken to protect these wonderfully tiny creatures.
Breed, Rescue and Protect
The love SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando has for every ocean knows no depths. That’s why it takes part in conservation programs that celebrate the beauty of vast bodies of water and all that call those waters home. All this tireless work is done to preserve marine heritage for many generations to come.
With support and contributions from specialists, experts, government agencies, individuals and local communities, great strides in marine conservation can be made across the world. The top three initiatives include:
1. Overseeing a global-scale breeding program for 13 species of endangered rays as well as the world’s largest seahorse network.
2. Providing rescue relief to hundreds of sick and injured seals and turtles. If rehabilitation is possible, SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando will return marine animals to wild.
3. Campaigning to have protected marine areas to be set up as well as taking a stance against pollution by setting up beach cleaning days across the world.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is open Monday through Sunday. Last admission is one hour before close.