Every Day is World Oceans Day at SeaWorldJune 8, 2023
For more than 60 years, SeaWorld has helped preserve the world’s oceans and protect the extraordinary animals that live in them. Every day we advance marine conservation in and outside our parks through science, education, and exceptional animal care. Join us on June 8th for the United Nations World Oceans Day and discover more while feeling good knowing a portion of your ticket and in park purchases goes toward funding our conservation work. Here are just some of the ways your visit helps us make a difference in preserving marine life.
Restoring Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on but many of our reef systems are in trouble. SeaWorld Orlando aquarists operate the Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC), a state-of-the-art facility caring for Florida corals rescued by wildlife authorities from diseased reefs. Home to 18 species and more than 700 individual corals, the FCRC provides a safe environment for coral colonies to receive world-class care and propagation from a team of experts as part of the future restoration of Florida’s Coral Reef.
Innovation for Cleaner Water and Healthier Habitats
The first of its kind in an American zoological facility, SeaWorld Texas engineered a salt marsh system to naturally enhance a sea turtle life support system. Mimicking the natural function of a coastal marsh, the system biologically removes excess nitrogen from water, eliminating the need to do so chemically. The result? Cleaner, more sustainable water and healthier habitats for the animals in our care.
Marine Conservation Projects on Every Continent
Now in its 20th year, the SeaWorld Conservation Fund has provided more than $20 million in grants to 1,391 organizations across all seven continents focused on marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection and species research. The fund also provides emergency grants to other zoos and rescue groups during national disasters.
Sustainable Fish Populations
Thriving oceans require healthy and abundant food sources to sustain sea life. Today, entire species of fish are disappearing as are the abundant population levels required to sustain some of the ocean’s largest animals. SeaWorld is addressing this challenge by supporting responsible aquaculture with the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI). As the lead sponsor of the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program, SeaWorld is contributing toward increasing the number of Chinook salmon, which are the primary food source for critically endangered wild Southern Resident killer whales.
One of the World’s Largest Marine Animal Rescue Organizations
The first step in marine animal preservation is the successful rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned and stranded animals. Since 1965, we have helped more than 40,000 animals, always with the goal of rehabilitating and returning healthy animals back to the wild. SeaWorld rescue centers are located adjacent to each of our parks and backed by 60+ years of insight from the care and study of animals within our accredited zoos.