SeaWorld San Antonio’s newest addition, Turtle Reef, is now open for guests to enjoy and experience.
This new habitat features a first-of-its-kind biofiltration habitat, and offers guests a close-up look at endangered and rescued sea turtles and multi-colored fish, all while learning about our impact on the ocean.
The new area also offers two new rides: Riptide Rescue, which takes families on a mission to help save marine animals, and Sea Swinger, a high swing ride that will make riders parallel with the ground before sending them flying in the opposite direction.
Turtle Reef’s habitat was designed with a natural biofiltration system that both benefits wildlife and reduces water and energy consumption in the park. This multi-species habitat will be occupied by rescued and non-releasable sea turtles, including endangered green sea turtles, and Big Mama, a 250-pound loggerhead sea turtle rescued offshore in the Gulf of Mexico after losing over half of her front and back flippers.
“Turtle Reef exemplifies SeaWorld’s commitment to ocean protection,” said Dan Ashe, president and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “This amazing exhibit couples endangered sea turtle rescue with an engaging and inspiring guest experience, and employs state-of-the-art, biodynamic filtration.”
“Ocean pollution, oil spills and habitat degradation are some of the biggest challenges facing sea turtles, and Turtle Reef prodvides an immersive opportunity for guests to learn how they can help the species,” said Carl Lum, park president of SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio. “We are excited to showcase a species that has never been featured before at SeaWorld San Antonio, while educating guests about our mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide.”