To kick off 2012 and get you excited for the opening of TurtleTrek at SeaWorld Orlando this spring, we wanted to focus on turtles for this week’s Species Spotlight. A one-of-a-kind 3-D/360-degree movie is only part of TurtleTrek’s allure. It’s also two massive, naturalistic saltwater and freshwater habitats, home to sea turtles and manatees, some of them rescued and cared for by SeaWorld’s animal team.
Sea turtles are truly a global species found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. They have survived in the seas for more than 200 million years and are among a small group of reptiles that depend on the sea for survival.
TurtleTrek will be home to a variety of adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill, Kemp’s, loggerhead, and green sea turtles. Guests can view these exquisite creatures gliding past them from above, or through a below-water window.
The attraction’s sea turtle residents have been deemed non-releasable by the Florida government -- due to genetics, illness, or being orphaned -– and have found a permanent home at TurtleTrek.
Since 1973, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued, cared for and returned hundreds of endangered manatees and since 1980 returned more than 1,200 sea turtles back to their natural waters.