An Adventure Near You
If you’re sitting around waiting for the next big moment in your life, THE WAIT IS OVER because your next adventure awaits at your local SeaQuest!
Whether you’ve been dreaming of swimming with Southern Stingrays or Black Tip Reef Sharks, or facing your ultimate fear and holding a 14-foot Burmese Python, SeaQuest adds that dose of excitement to your life.
You can’t find these big exotic creatures in your backyard, but don’t be discouraged because your local SeaQuest is right around the corner. With thousands of guests visiting SeaQuest each year, we are here to name a few fan favorite interactions since opening our first location back in 2016.
Hand-Feeding Sharks And Stingrays
Did you know that SeaQuest is one of the only interactive aquariums and petting zoos combined into one grand experience?
One of the best interactions people can’t stop talking about is personally hand-feeding the many friendly sharks and stingrays that call SeaQuest home.
All you need for this fin-tastic attraction is an admission ticket and a few feeding tokens!
Flash is SeaQuest’s very own two-toed sloth, not to mention the most popular sloth around! When visiting SeaQuest you can’t forget to say “hi” to our friendly guy, but make sure to schedule a visiting time with your local SeaQuest as Flash can be a busy guy during the day.
You can expect your total interaction time with Flash to be approximately 15-20 minutes. This interaction includes getting up close and personal with Flash.
You’ll be able to learn all about these unique creatures while petting, feeding and taking selfies with him! How cool is that?!
Swimming With Stingrays
Hand-feeding sharks and stingrays is cool and all but what better way to learn more about their habitat and ecosystem than by diving right into it?
That’s right. Here at SeaQuest, you can do more than hand-feed animals from around the planet, you can swim with them too!
Snorkeling with stingrays is one of our many fan-favorite attractions that happens all year round.
We provide everything you may need; from the wetsuit, snorkeling gear and fish of all sizes. So come prepared to get wet and have fun!
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At SeaQuest, we LOVE what we do. We love connecting people with amazing animals and marine life from around the planet.
You can never know too much and you should never stop learning. That is why SeaQuest serves as an exceptional educational experience.
So we wanted to share with you some fun and intere-sting facts about one of the unique marine species that call SeaQuest home.
Facts About Stingrays
- There are over 75 different species of stingrays!
- Stingrays don’t have bones; instead, they are made up of 100% cartilage!
- A baby stingray is called a pup, just like a baby shark!
- Their long tails are used for defense, also known as a barb!
- River-rays are also closely associated with stingrays but live in freshwater rivers.
- Typically, stingrays search for shrimp, clams, snails, small fish and oysters near or under the sand.
Stingrays are flattened fish and one of the coolest looking creatures of the sea. They come in many shapes and sizes and are also closely related to sharks! They live in shallow, calm coastal waters in tropical and subtropical areas.
Stingrays usually spend their days buried beneath the sand and moving with the motions of the waves.
When they’re not peacefully drifting, you can find stingrays searching for their next meal.
Because their eyes are on the top of their head and their mouth is underneath their body, they can’t actually see what they’re eating.
Stingrays use their senses just like we do! For them to pick up their prey, they use their senses of touch, smell, hearing and by detecting the electrical signals admitted by its prey. Stingrays are carnivores, which means they eat animals that are smaller than themselves.
Swimming With Stingrays
One of the best things about SeaQuest is that it was made for you to experience MORE.
Part of swimming with stingrays is exposing yourself to more than just feeding stingrays.
Conquer your fears, create lasting memories, learn about the unique traits stingrays embrace and dive right into your next adventure!
Brace yourselves and get ready to hold your breath as our stingray experts take you under the sea to learn all about stingray habitats, stingray biology, the underwater ecosystem and other beautiful big fish that call SeaQuest home.
Animal Assisted Therapy
For some, it’s the calm blue waters filled with vibrant coral reefs that produce serenity; for others, it’s the freshwater sea creatures that welcome you from corner to corner. Whatever it may be, animals — and more specifically aquariums — play a crucial role in alleviating stress.
During these times of uncertainty, hardship, and social isolation, your mental health can suffer. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Americans are reporting higher levels of anxiety, emotional distress and symptoms of depression. All of those are derived from underlying stress.
Anxiety about family, friends, school, the future or even a person’s livelihood can have an enormous impact on emotions. This often leads adults and children alike to become overwhelmed with uncertainty.
We, as humans, are fascinated by water. It makes us. As an evolved species on this planet, water has become a part of our DNA.
The earth is 70 percent water; it sustains us, along with the animals and crops which feed us.
Studies have found that individuals are more relaxed and calm when in the presence of water. Similarly, studies have shown that when in the presence of green colors – like those found in the outdoors — it provides the same sense of peace.
Animal Assisted Therapy Near Me
Animal assisted therapy, such as snake therapy or bird therapy, has increased in popularity and is becoming more commonplace. More specifically, the lives of exotic creatures and marine life has spiked an interest in people (especially kiddos). During times of high stress, engaging yourself with animals has proven to be therapeutic.
Think about a typical dentist’s office — the quintessential tank filled with colorful fish and waving seaweed is not used solely for decoration. According to a study on the environment and behavior, the presence of fish in dental offices can decrease anxiousness and reduce stress. Call it, fish therapy.
Other studies on human-animal interactions have found that while watching aquariums, individuals’ blood pressure and heart rates lowered. Interestingly enough, other researchers have also learned that people who stare at an empty aquarium with rocks and plants experience a 3 percent decrease in heart rate; adding some fish therapists will boost that number closer to 7 percent.
When humans feel anxious and filled with anxiety, it means that their head is overwhelmed with thoughts — essentially becoming lost within their own mind. Feeling anxious means that we are always waiting and expecting the worst possible thing to happen or for something to go terribly wrong.
Everyone experiences anxiety differently but we can also mitigate our worries and fear in the same manner. As time goes on, science will continue to show what many of us already know: human and animal interaction can be beneficial and therapeutic.
Aquarium Stress Relief
When surrounding yourself in nature during stressful times, or by taking a glimpse into an underwater world, you are actively engaging in self-help. You are putting all of your time, energy and attention outside of yourself. You are giving yourself the chance to let go of all your fears and negative thoughts.
Aquarium stress relief offers an escape; it tunes you in to the present moment. When you escape the day-to-day grind and come nose-to-nose with an otter, you will find how therapeutic it really is!
Watch your mood improve as you explore rainforests and deserts, connect with animals and exotic marine life, all while learning in a safe environment. Whether you are an educator wanting to take your students on a top tier field trip or a parent hoping to get your child engaged in something educational and fun, SeaQuest is here for you!
Even if you don’t have access to a physical tank, or if you can’t visit us at SeaQuest to see all that we have to offer, but still wish to experience the human-animal bond that I’m talking about, you still can! With technology advancing day by day, so is SeaQuest. We now offer a new way to interact with the animals and learn about our planet from the comfort of your own homes. Our unique virtual tours bring the Quest to you!
Aquariums are enchanting and have proven to be beneficial for our mental health and well-being. Even if aquariums aren’t normally your thing, or if fish therapy isn’t something you’d normally seek out, don’t worry: SeaQuest is more than just an interactive aquarium.
With over 1200 animals and 300 different species to interact with, at SeaQuest you are bound to find a connection with one of our furry friends!