Comb Jellies in SeaQuest, USA
Rainbows in the Ocean? Sounds crazy, we know! The Comb Jelly, scientifically known as Ctenophora, is a beautiful species of jellyfish that move through the ocean with the help of comb rows, or cilia, that reflect light. And you can see them at SeaQuest in SeaQuest, USA. The light reflected off of these eight combs give off a rainbow or illuminating appearance. Comb Jellies are the largest animal to swim with the help of cilia, the largest Comb Jelly sizing in at 1.5 meters (that is about 4 ft 11 in).
Here’s a shocker! Contrary to popular belief, Comb Jellies are not even Jellyfish at all! Comb Jellies belong to a separate category just for them called “Ctenophora.” This means that even though Comb Jellies are transparent (like Jellyfish), the combs that reflect light and help the jelly to swim put Comb Jellies in a world of their own!
Let’s take a look at some Illuminating facts about Comb Jellies:
- Most Comb Jellies can detect chemical traces in the water to help them locate food!
- The body of a Comb Jelly can expand its stomach to hold prey over half their size!
- Jelly populations can be a tip-off to larger environmental issues since Comb Jellies are very sensitive to water quality!
- Comb Jellies are 95% water, which allows them to float around much easier!
- Certain species of Comb Jellies have retractable tentacles that come from the middle of their bodies, these are called “lasso cells”!
- The Comb Jellies that live in the deep ocean are red in color because at that depth predators cannot see the color red.
- According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Comb Jelly is 500 million years old!
- Comb Jellies aren’t harmful to humans, meaning you can’t get stung, but they do not have any natural predators!
These free-floating rainbow animals can be found in almost all marine waters and are truly a wonder of our oceans. What was your favorite Comb Jelly fact?
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Slowest Animal On the Planet
Can you guess which animal is labeled as one of the slowest on the planet? Here’s a hint: they spend most of their life hanging upside down in trees, and 15-20 hours of their day sleeping.
Not only are they one of the most extraordinarily unique animals in the animal kingdom, but they are also one of the world’s most adorable.
Figure it out yet? You guessed it, it’s the sloth!
SeaQuest, the world’s fastest-growing interactive aquarium and petting zoo, now features an amazing sloth encounter and experience near you.
With a sloth petting zoo right around the corner, it’s natural to want to visit these intriguing, fuzzy faced, upside down, slow-moving, gentle mammals.
Sloth Petting Zoo Near Me
During your SeaQuest sloth encounter and experience near you, you’ll learn some fun and fascinating facts about sloths.
For example, did you know that there are different types of sloths? There are both ”Two-Toed” and ”Three-Toed” sloths, and six different species. The sloth species includes the:
- Pygmy three-toed sloth
- Maned sloth
- Pale-throated sloth
- Brown-throated sloth
- Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth
- Hoffman’s two-toed sloth
The number one question visitors ask when going to a sloth petting zoo near them, and seeing a sloth for the first time, is “Why do sloths hang upside down?”; interestingly enough, a sloth will spend 90% of its life hanging upside down in its natural tree-filled habitat.
They do this because of their physiology.
A sloth’s main organs are attached to their ribcage, so by hanging upside down, they’re able to expand their lungs and breathe.
At the sloth attraction closest to you, you will learn that sloths also have one of the slowest metabolic rates in the animal kingdom, which is why they spend most of their day dozing off and sleeping.
One reason they move so slow is because of their diet of leaves, buds, stems, and some fruit.
When awake, sloths will slowly migrate from tree to tree using the canopy of vines within the tropical rainforests located in Central and South America.
Sloth Encounter Experience
With SeaQuest’s new sloth encounter and experience, you don’t have to travel to the tropical rainforest of Central or South America to interact with these amazing creatures.
You can now experience what it’s like to interact and pet a sloth right in your local mall!
Not only are they one of the funniest animals to interact with, but their natural curiosity will find them looking at themselves in a mirror, holding your phone while taking a selfie, and gently borrowing your sunglasses right off your face.
The SeaQuest petting zoo and sloth encounter will allow you to:
- Enter the sloth enclosure
- Pet, hold and feed the sloth
- Take pictures with the sloth
- Learn interesting sloth facts
- Learn about sloth behavior and diet
- Learn about sloth biology, ecology, and conservation efforts
- and much more!
Your local SeaQuest’s Two-toed sloth is ready and waiting for your visit.
Your memorable sloth interaction will be hosted by one of our expert SeaQuest trainers and they will provide details into the care and nurturing of our sloths.
You’ll also learn more about sloth conservation efforts and what you can do to help protect these beautiful and unique animals.
The SeaQuest sloth interaction is an experience that is fun, entertaining, nearby, and educational for the whole family!
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!
Say ‘Hello’ to Honey the Kinkajou!
The Kinkajou is also known as a “honey bear” because it sometimes raids bees nests. They are omnivores, which means that their food is primarily fruit with the rest consisting of leaves, flowers and insects.
Kinkajous are native to South and Central America and are related to raccoons and coatimundi. They don’t weigh too much, usually between three and ten pounds, however they can grow as long as twenty four inches, not including their tail. Their tail tail can grow as long as their body! It is called a ‘prehensile’ tail. This type of tail is very strong and allows the Kinkajou to grasp and hold objects as it is finding and eating food in trees. These little guys have soft, woolly fur, really cute big eyes, and small ears.
Kinkajous are very friendly and they love to explore. You can now get up close and personal with Honey right here in Roseville, Minnesota! For $19.95, plus the cost of admission for non-members, you can visit SeaQuest at the Rosedale Center to see, touch and feed a kinkajou today. Interaction times are at 11,1,3,5 and 7pm, for as many as five guests at each time. Book online at https://roseville.visitseaquest.com/kinkajou-encounter/.
SeaQuest also offers Kinkajou interactions in Layton, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Trumbull, Connecticut. It is a fun experience for guests of all ages and it makes a great gift! Click the link below to book a Kinkajou interaction at your nearest SeaQuest faciliyt.
Toothless’ previous owners had been nursing him back to health after having rescued him from a tank where larger fish had bitten off his tail and parts of his limbs. When they came to SeaQuest Littleton and saw the axolotl tank, they instantly knew that it would be his happiest home and best care for his recovery.
In March 2019 when Toothless moved in, most of his limbs and part of his tail had regrown. While he still has some progress to make for a full recovery, Toothless loves visitors and will swim right up to the glass to see them. He loves to eat earthworms and has plenty of room to swim, as well as a group of axolotl friends that he loves to snuggle up with!
SeaQuest is grateful to be actively involved in both preserving and saving the lives of many animals that would otherwise not survive in the wild, rehabilitating injured animals, and even acting as an exotic pet rescue for animals from homes where they have outgrown their habitats and need re-homing, such as parakeets, iguanas, pythons, and large fish. If you have an animal that needs re-homing, contact your local SeaQuest and we will be happy to help give them a new home.
SeaQuest Folsom, California: (916) 673-9972
SeaQuest Littleton, Colorado: (303) 968-1340
SeaQuest Las Vegas, Nevada: (702) 906-1901
SeaQuest Fort Worth, Texas: (817) 731-5357
SeaQuest Layton, UT: (801) 544-4938