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Deep Dive into Shark-infused Adventures at SeaWorld this Summer!

June 22, 2023
SeaWorld Orlando's mission is to educate and inspire marine life appreciation, offering thrilling experiences, especially for shark enthusiasts!
At SeaWorld Orlando, our mission is to enlighten and foster a deep appreciation for marine life, all while delivering an exhilarating and engaging environment. If you have a passion for sharks, we have an array of extraordinary offerings to satisfy your curiosity.

SeaWorld educates and inspires the next generation of shark conservationists through park experiences and supports shark conservation beyond its parks through the SeaWorld Conservation Fund and partnerships.

Prepare yourself for an immersive experience at SeaWorld Orlando. Continue reading to explore the reasons why a visit to our park is an absolute must!

‘SHARK-tastic’ Reasons to Visit SeaWorld Orlando:

Reason #1: SeaWorld Orlando Now Caring for 2 Great Hammerhead Sharks
Hammerhead shark
This is a special and exciting time for our Shark Encounter as we welcome 2 New Great Hammerhead Sharks, Dutch and Dillon. Both sharks were transferred to SeaWorld from the Georgia Aquarium as part of a collaborative shark conservation program. Great hammerhead sharks are critically endangered with an estimated population decline of up to 80%; preserving the species in human care is vital to conservation. Dutch and Dillon are joining Smalltooth Sawfish, another critically endangered species, along with 5 other shark species, rays and fish on display in the 700,000-gallon aquarium at our Shark Encounter. Don’t miss an opportunity to see these endangered species up-close from our Shark Encounter: one of the World’s largest underwater viewing tunnels.

Reason #2: A Visit to SeaWorld Helps Save Species
SeaWorld campers at shark viewing tunnel
SeaWorld is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of shark conservationists through its park experiences. It is also committed to shark conservation outside its parks through partnerships and the SeaWorld Conservation Fund that has donated more than $300,000 to shark research conservation projects.

Guests visiting the park can also play an important role in conservation. A portion of the proceeds from every visit goes directly toward rescue, rehabilitation, and marine animal conservation efforts. Guests can also donate in the park or online to the SeaWorld Conservation Fund that supports important third-party conservation research.

For more than 60 years SeaWorld has advanced the conservation of marine life in and outside its parks through science, education, and exceptional animal care that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world, helping more than 40,000 animals to date. The SeaWorld Conservation Fund, a non-profit foundation established in 2003, has provided more than $20 million to nearly 1,400 organizations to advance critical research on every continent. A portion of park proceeds goes toward supporting these longstanding conservation commitments. SeaWorld parks are in Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Reason #3: Shark Encounter: a fascinating journey through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels
Shark Encounter tunnel
Discover an extraordinary opportunity at the Shark Encounter, where you can witness the awe-inspiring presence of ancient marine predators that reigned over the oceans more than 450 million years ago. Immerse yourself in an enthralling expedition as you make your way through an expansive underwater viewing tunnel, delving into the depths of history and exploring the realm of these unique sharks.

This is also a special and exciting time for our Shark Encounter as we welcome 2 new Hammerhead sharks, Dutch and Dillion. Both sharks were transferred to SeaWorld from the Georgia Aquarium as part of a collaborative shark conservation program.

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Reason #4: Sharks Up-Close Tour
Shark Encounter
Learn even more about the sharks that make their home at Shark Encounter.

Ever wonder what it would be like to look down upon a 700,000 gallon aquarium filled with mighty, mysterious sharks? Now you can! Go behind-the-scenes, with SeaWorld's animal experts to learn fascinating and fun facts about sharks and the highly specialized care they receive at SeaWorld.

Separate fact from fiction as you explore the incredible diversity and design of sharks. Dare to peer down into our 700,000-gallon aquarium to discover how we care for these perfect predators. Then, touch a small shark, feed several species in the shark shallows, and find out why these ancient species need our help now more than ever.

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Reason #5: Sharks Underwater Grill & Bar
Sharks Underwater Grill restaurant at SeaWorld Orlando
Indulge in a captivating dining experience at Sharks Underwater Grill® and Bar, where you can savor delectable cuisine while gazing into a mesmerizing underwater world of sharks.

Immerse yourself in an elegant setting, as our accomplished chefs craft exquisite, world-class entrees that are expertly presented on your plate. Our attentive and courteous staff are dedicated to creating cherished memories for you, while the captivating presence of the sharks adds a unique touch to your dining adventure.

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Reason #6: Ride Mako®!
Experience the exhilarating rush of Mako®, an extraordinary hyper coaster renowned for its breathtaking velocity, daring descents, and exhilarating twists at every corner. Voted Best Roller Coaster in the 2023 USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, Mako is an unrivaled gem among roller coasters.

Nestled within SeaWorld® Orlando, the Mako roller coaster takes its inspiration from one of the ocean's fastest sharks, earning its namesake with pride. Embark on a pulse-pounding journey as you ascend to the apex of Orlando's tallest, fastest, and most extensive roller coaster. Prepare to plunge through tight bends and soar 20 stories above shimmering waters, and with speeds reaching an electrifying 73 mph, Mako guarantees an adrenaline-fueled adventure like no other.

Reason #7: Shark Merch
Shark merchandise
Plan your trip to SeaWorld and explore our exclusive shark merchandise!

As you make your way through SeaWorld and all our “JAWsome” shark stops, you’ll find several stores with Shark themed gifts, apparel, and art.

Enjoy exclusive paintings, and apparel commissioned by Guy Harvey, known for his popular artwork depicting offshore and nearshore marine life. Guy Harvey apparel can be found at the Guy Harvey Shop at the Shoppes at Waterfront, in Fins Gifts and Reef's Treasures located in Shark Wreck Reef, or at our online shop. 15% of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Guy Harvey Foundation to support ocean health and shark research efforts.

At Fins Gifts you can also find the coolest shark and whale themed apparel, jewelry, toys, and gifts.

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Test your Shark IQ while dining at Sharks Underwater Grill