We’re so excited to spend a week celebrating one of our favorite animals … SHARKS! ??
Sharks play an important role in our oceans. They are at the top of the food chain in just about every part of the ocean and help maintain a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately, we pose a greater risk to their species than they pose for us.
According to WildAid, fins from as many as 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year. Currently more than 70 shark species are at risk of extinction. Conservation organizations are helping educate the consumer to reduce the demand for shark fin trade related products in an effort to maintain the shark population stable, and in turn, the oceans’ ecosystem.
Here are five things you may not know sharks do for you, as described by Conservation International:
- Sharks keep the ocean in check. They weed out weak and sick animals, and through their feeding help keep the ecosystem healthy, down to the quantities of algae.
- Sharks could hold cures for diseases. Their tissue has anticoagulant and antibacterial properties that could help as treatment for viruses. Replicating these aspects of their tissue already has led to advances in technology to reduce the proliferation of super bugs in hospitals.
- Sharks keep the carbon cycle in motion. By feeding on dead matter that collects on the seafloor, deep-sea sharks and other scavengers help move carbon through the ocean.
- Sharks have led to smarter design. Their agility and speed in the water has led to advances, like the shark inspired swimsuit, to make swimmers sleeker and less resistant in the water.
- Shark tourism is great for local economies. Shark tourism generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Join us at SeaQuest this Shark Week for special activities, meet & greets, amazing discounts, and MORE! Plus save 20% on shark items!!
Every year, the Weber School Foundation hosts the Christmas Tree Jubilee in Ogden. The event collects donations of decorated wreaths and Christmas trees to auction off in benefit of Weber School District.
This year, through SeaQuest Cares initiatives, SeaQuest Utah decorated a tree for the Christmas Tree Jubilee which raised $300 for The Weber School Foundation.
Over 33,000 children are enrolled in the Weber School District and the Weber School Foundation helps them all! The donations go to support field trips, all abilities playgrounds, grants for schools and teachers, literacy programs, “Leader in Me,” STEM, district art show, extracurricular clubs and athletics, special needs adaptive equipment, recreational equipment, lift systems, transportation, and much more.
SeaQuest Las Vegas hosted the 2018 Adoption Exchange Celebration on November 26th. Families that adopted during 2018 were able to enjoy a memorable night filled with laughter, fun, and interactions with animals from all around the world, with a total of 226 people attending the celebration. This was SeaQuest’s 2nd year hosting the Adoption Exchange’s event and we love helping new families create life long memories. Just look at how much fun they had!
About The Adoption Exchange
“The Adoption Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that was founded in 1983 to help establish safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Although the Exchange was initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years and engenders a powerful impact on national trends in child welfare, employs over 50 paid staff, and counts on scores of volunteers to carry out its mission.
Today, The Adoption Exchange continues to innovate the adoption process by working towards creating a world where every waiting child will find a permanent family. Through rigorous collaboration with state, federal, and other relevant agencies, we focus on innovative child-specific strategies that provide vibrant pre- and post-adoption services that speed waiting children to caring and loving relationships that last.”
Learn more about The Adoption Exchange at their website, www.adoptex.org
SeaQuest is honored to invite all veterans and active duty personnel to visit our interactive aquariums free of charge on Veterans Day and receive 50% off Single Day Passports for their accompanying family members.
“It’s our way of saying thank you for their service and giving back to those brave men and women for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy everyday in America.”
— Vince Covino, SeaQuest CEO
Designed as a ‘Quest of Edutainment’, veterans who visit SeaQuest will have the chance to explore realistically themed exhibits that represent exotic destinations around the globe and connect with a wide variety of sea life, birds and reptiles through various hands on encounters along the way. Feeding sharks and stingrays, holding large tropical birds and taking selfies with giant reptiles are just a few of the one-of-a-kind experiences that SeaQuest has to offer.
To receive the free admission on Veterans Day, retired and active duty personnel will be required to show valid military or veteran organization ID. Family members who accompany military personnel will receive 50% off Single Day Passports on Veterans Day. Regular Single Day Passports are $14.95 for 12+ years, $12.95 for 55+/military/students, and $9.95 for children ages 2-11 years.
SeaQuest has aquariums located in Las Vegas, Nevada; Layton, Utah; Littleton, Colorado; and Fort Worth, Texas. For more details on all that SeaQuest has to offer and specific location information, visit our website at www.visitseaquest.com.
SeaQuest is celebrating Halloween by embracing our creepiest creatures. Guests can participate in our “ScareQuest” activities to win Activity Tokens to give the animals their own Halloween treats.
♦ ScareQuest Schedule ♦
Wed, 24th: “Cockroach Challenge” – Guests have to put their hand in a bucket of cockroaches for 20 seconds to earn 1 token
Thur, 25th: Guests have to hold a Tarantula for 10 seconds to earn 1 token
Fri, 26th: Guests can dig for a token in bucket of worms
Sat, 27th: Costume Contests – See below for details
Sun, 28th: “Snake Selfie” – Guests have to take a selfie with a snake to earn 1 token
Mon, 29th: “Nectar Shot” – Guests can earn 1 token by drinking Lorikeet nectar
Tue, 30th: “Guess the poop” – Guests can earn 1 token by guessing which poop goes to which animal
Wed, 31st: Happy Halloween! – Wear a costume to get 50% off admission and “trick-or-treat” for an activity token
Costume Contests (Sat, 27th):
- 10:00 a.m. – “Unnerving Newbies” 0-3 years
- 11:00 a.m. – “Eerie Elementary” 4-11 years
- 12:00 p.m. – “Teenage Terrors” 12-18 years
Costume contest is free for members, but does not include admission.
Note: weapons and masks will not be allowed. However, you can use face paint for mask effects.
Grand Prize – Family Annual Passport
1st runner up – Animal Whisperer Tour for winner’s family
2nd runner up – 10 tokens