FREE August Kids Club at Ridgmar is a SeaQuest Meet & Greet!

Come One, Come All To This FREE Event at Ridgmar Mall!

Don’t miss the FREE August Kid’s Club at Ridgmar Mall where you and the kids will have the first chance to meet some of SeaQuest’s animals and learn more about the interactive aquarium. There will be goody bags for the children, face painting, a balloon artist, awesome giveaways and more!

WHAT: SeaQuest Meet & Greet at Ridgmar Mall’s August Kids Club!

WHERE: Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, Texas 76116

WHEN: Thursday, August 10 from 11 AM – 12 Pm

Click here to visit the event page for more information …


CALLING ALL JUNIOR ARTISTS: Join in a unique and fun art project as we help SeaQuest decorate their barricade wall!



Are you ready to swim with the stingrays at SeaQuest?

Bring your swimsuit and a towel and prepare to get wet! Experience snorkeling with dozens of various species of stingrays and hundreds of tropical fish! Interact with these soft, engaging creatures on a whole new level!

 

LIMITED TIME OFFER – SAVE 50% WHEN YOU PURCHASE ONLINE AND ENTER COUPON CODE KIDSCLUB AT CHECKOUT.

Click here to book your stingray encounter and SAVE 50%. Shop Now – offer expires Thursday, August 10th, 2017, at midnight!

SeaQuest and Carter BloodCare Host Blood Drive at Ridgmar Mall August 26, 2017

Join SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Fort Worth and Carter BloodCare at the Ridgmar Mall on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from noon to 6 pm and help save a life by donating blood to those in need. As a special thank you, everyone who donates at the event will receive two Admit One Passes to the new SeaQuest Aquarium opening this Fall at the Ridgmar mall. The entire donation process takes under an hour. When you arrive, you will be asked to present a photo ID, which is required at all donations. Donors fill out a quick health history and questionnaire and then undergo a brief health screening. From there, they enter the phlebotomy station, which only takes about 10 minutes. Mark your calendars and make plans now to join SeaQuest and Carter BloodCare for this very special event to help those in need.

For more information about Carter BloodCare and donating blood, click her to visit the Carter BloodCare website.

We CAN Stop Plastic Pollution In Our Oceans!

Over the past week, our blog has featured several articles introducing the Sharks of SeaQuest and sharing the importance of the shark species in our world oceans. Now that we have a better understanding of sharks and the benefits they provide, in our final two days we will be focusing on conservation and things we can all do to help protect and preserve the health of our oceans and in turn safeguard the sharks and other sea life that call it their home!

You don’t need to spend money or travel great distances to be a part of the solution. You can implement these simple practices around the house and in every day life and still have a positive impact on the environment!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Everyone has heard these three words before. While recycling can seem like a big job, there are actually a lot of small and simple ways to contribute. Why is it so important to our ocean life? Many species like sea turtles, fish and sharks mistake plastic and trash as food. While ingesting these items may not be immediately fatal, over time it can cause many health issues and diminish the overall health of the ocean populations.

Option 1: Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags are a big problem. One easy way you can help reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in our oceans is to utilize reusable bags instead of the plastic ones provided at the grocery store. Reusable bags can cost as little as $0 and save millions of pounds of plastic bags from ending up in our landfills and oceans! Here’s a quick and easy way to turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag in minutes:

1. Flip the shirt inside out
2. Make small cuts across the bottom of the shirt 3 inches up and 1 inch across
3. Tie the first strip to the second, the third to the fourth, etc.
4. Once all of the strips are tied together begin tying the strips together again.
5. Cut off the sleeves along the seem.
6. Cut the neckline to your desired length
7. Flip the shirt right side out and you’re all set!

Option 2: Reusable Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are another easy way you and your family can help keep our ocean environments clean and our aquatic populations healthy. Purchasing a glass or metal water bottle can save not only your wallet – but also save our oceans from becoming a dumping ground for the millions of plastic water bottles that end up there year after year. SeaQuest has multiple styles of fun and reusable water bottles available for purchase in every gift shop location!

Option 3: Diving or Snorkeling
Want to have a fun vacation adventure AND help to protect and preserve ocean life? Snorkeling and scuba diving while on vacation sends a message to government agencies that there is a need and demand for protected areas of ocean environments and sea life. The more money the snorkeling and diving industry makes each year, the more sharks and other sea creatures that will benefit from this protection.

Option 4: Spread the Word
Tell everyone you can about the importance of ocean conservation! One person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact we’ll have if we recruit our family and friends to the cause!


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Imagine A World Without Without Sharks?

In celebration of Shark Week at SeaQuest, each day we’ve featured fun and relevant educational facts about the Sharks of SeaQuest and insight into Why Sharks Are Important to our oceans. If you’ve missed the articles introducing the 5 species of sharks found at SeaQuest and our first installment of the importance of sharks, you can find them here:

Introducing The Sharks At SeaQuest

More Sharks of SeaQuest: Meet The Carcharhiniformes!

Why We Need Sharks 101: They Influence Healthy Ocean Populations

Today’s Topic: Sharks Maintain Balance In The Food Chain:

Another major benefit sharks provide in our ocean ecosystems is their affect on the food web. The food web is the natural interconnection of food chains in the world. Understanding this helps scientists discover what eats what and how the loss of a particular link in this chain could affect the entire food web as a whole. The food web is divided into four major groups: plants, herbivores, carnivores, and top predators. Here is a look into these four groups and how they interconnect.

Plants:
At the bottom of the food web we have our biggest supporting group. Made up of countless billions of one-celled organisms are the photo-autotrophs or plants. Among this group is phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, which is the main diet for a large variety of marine animals. Found near the upper part of the ocean, they use photosynthesis to convert nutrients and carbon dioxide into organic matter.

Herbivores:
Next on our food web are the herbivores that eat the plants. Varying from small crustaceans to enormous whales, the herbivores make up a large amount of the ocean’s inhabitants. No matter the size, all herbivores has voracious appetites keeping the overall plant and algae growth at a healthy rate.

Carnivores:
Following the herbivores are the carnivores of the ocean. Moderately varying in size, these hungry fish eat the herbivores. Included in this group are some the species of sharks like the Grey Smoothhound Sharks which can be found at any SeaQuest location! While they are effective predators, they still fall prey to the larger, faster and stronger species of the ocean.

Apex Predators:
Finally, our top dogs the apex predators or top predators. Including a large number of larger shark species, these fierce animals get a bad reputation in the media. Considered to be ruthless predators of the ocean, this group is only prey to one species: humans.

The apex shark species of the ocean help keep the entire food web in balance. If the apex predators were to disappear from the ocean, the population of carnivorous fish would increase causing a decrease in herbivores. With less herbivores, the plant population would skyrocket making parts of the ocean inhabitable for many important food web species like coral.

The apex species also plays an important role in prey behavior. As an intimidating species, the apex predators will shift prey into hiding or into other areas of the ocean. This allows plants a chance to regrow and protects certain plant species from being completed eliminated by uncontrolled foragers.

A better understanding of the food web and the important role each group plays in maintaining balance in the food chain helps us recognize and appreciate the importance of sharks as carnivores and apex predators as well as how their loss could send shock waves through the entire food web.

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Why We Need Sharks 101: They Influence Healthy Ocean Populations

Over the last couple of days our blog has featured facts and information about the Sharks of SeaQuest. To learn about the 5 different shark species you’ll find at SeaQuest click the following links. Article 1 / Article 2 Moving forward, we will be discussing why sharks are so important to our oceans.

One of the major ways sharks help our oceans is the way they keep populations of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and more healthy. Sharks are very efficient predators. They pick their dinner based on the availability and ease of the catch causing them to eat weak, injured or sick fish. How do sharks identify which fish are easy prey? Let’s go over the many senses a shark would use to find their food.

Sense Of Smell:
I’m sure you’ve heard the myth that sharks can smell a single drop of blood in the ocean. While that may be an slight exaggeration, sharks can sense a very small amount of chemicals in vast areas of ocean water. This ability helps sharks find specific schools of fish like tuna which produce oil. Their keen sense of smell also allows them to find injured fish or other prey in the vicinity. Unlike the human nostril, which is used for both smelling and breathing, shark’s nostrils are used exclusively for sense of smell.

Along with a sense of smell, some species of sharks like the White-spotted Bamboo shark have nasal barbels. Resembling a cat’s whiskers, they are located along the snout and are used to sift through sand or murky water to find food. Lined with taste buds these barbels are an excellent advantage when searching for burrowed or hiding prey.

Sense of Hearing:
Located on each side of the head are two small openings containing the inner ears of the shark. Each shark can detect sounds from long distances much longer than any human. This enables them to hear the low frequencies produced by injured prey from great distances.

Electrical Impulses:
The ampullae of Lorenzini is an electro-receptive organ in sharks. On the shark’s head are jelly filled pores shaped like ampullae which were jars used by Romans for grains, oils, etc. Every living creature produces an electrical field, the ampullae of Lorenzini allows sharks to detect every living creature in their vicinity through these electrical fields.

Sense of Vibration and Pressure:
Sharks are able to detect vibrations in the water using what is called the lateral line. Starting at their head and running along each side of the body to the tail are tubes and specialized pores. Water enters the pores flowing through the lateral line and stimulating sensory cells that signal changes in vibrations and pressure. This allows them to not only detect prey but to detect danger or predators.

Using these senses, sharks are able to locate weak, injured, or sick fish. As sharks reduce those populations, stronger gene characteristics begin to emerge. If a shark is eating all of the fish that are poor swimmers but leaving fish that are stronger swimmers, eventually the overall fish population will produce stronger swimmers.

Thanks to the world’s shark populations, great benefits can be seen in the overall health of all fish, cephalopod, crustacean and other sea life. With healthy fish comes healthy plant life populations. With fish populations under control, plants and algae can grow at a normal rate.

Bring your friends to SeaQuest today and wow them with your shark knowledge as you adventure through our Shark Lagoon exhibit!

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More Sharks of SeaQuest: Meet The Carcharhiniformes!

At SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums you’ll find 5 different species of sharks. We introduced the 3 species in the order Orectolobiformes in yesterday’s blog segment- click here if you missed it! Today, we will be discussing our final two species of the Sharks of SeaQuest in the order Carcharhiniformes:

Did you know? The difference between the sharks in the Carcharhiniformes order versus the sharks in the order Orectolobiformes is they have nictating membranes. Nictating membranes are like a third transparent eyelid. It blinks back and forth rather than up and down allowing the animal to protect and moisten their eyes while still being able to see.

Our first species of Carcharhiniformes are the Blacktip Reef Sharks:

Averaging at 6ft in length, these Sharks are a huge hit at our Las Vegas location. They are easily identified by their prominent black tipped fins. A common sight in the tropical coral reefs of Indian and the Pacific Ocean is the front most dorsal fin of Blacktip Reef Sharks peaking above the water. The Blacktip Reef Shark is one of the most abundant sharks in the Pacific Ocean and are currently one of the few shark species not on any endangered or threatened species lists. Preferring shallow water and inshore areas, some of their favorite foods are small fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. This species of shark has also been known to exhibit site recognition often spending years in the same area. However, it is not uncommon for these salt water predators to be seen in brackish or freshwater areas in search of food.

Our second species in the Sharks of SeaQuest are the Grey Smoothound Sharks:

As their name suggests, they are a smaller slender shark with a brownish grey appearance that fades into a lighter grey underbelly. The reason many species have dark tops and light bottoms is to help protect them in the wild. If a predator would look down on them, their dark dorsal side would blend with the ground and when a predator looks up at them, their light ventral side blends with the lighter water. Native to the subtropical Eastern Pacific area, the Grey Smoothhound sharks are found both inshore and offshore near rocky coasts. Averaging at 3-4ft in length, they enjoy small fish and crustaceans for their dinners.  When you visit one of our SeaQuest locations, you are sure to make fast friends with these sometimes schooling sharks. They are known to school together with leopard sharks. Maybe you’ll have them schooling with you at the end of a Swim with the Stingrays snorkeling  session.

Be on the lookout for these two species as well as the many other species of Sharks at SeaQuest on your next visit to the aquarium!

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Introducing The Sharks of SeaQuest!

Did you know you’ll encounter 5 different species of sharks at SeaQuest? These 5 species are broken into two different orders, or group classifications that share specific traits: the Orectolobiformes and the Carcharthiniformes

Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Orectolobiformes you’ll encounter when you visit the Shark Lagoon exhibit at SeaQuest:

White-Spotted Bamboo Sharks:

As one of our most popular interactive attractions, you can imagine how relatively harmless these sharks are to humans. Averaging about 3ft in length, they spend the majority of their time in shallow coral reefs. Their slender frame allows them to swim or crawl between corals in search of food. Some of their favorite snacks, both in the wild and at SeaQuest, are shrimp and smaller fish. The White-spotted Bamboo Shark is commonly found in the Indo-Pacific regions including: Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, and the Philippines. If you’ve ever been to SeaQuest, you know how adorable and friendly the White-spotted Bamboo Sharks are.

Brown-Banded Bamboo Sharks:

As the names suggests these sharks are closely related to the White-spotted Bamboo Sharks. The major difference between the two is their coloration. The Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks have a light brown body with dark brown bands and occasional dark spots. Whereas, the White-spotted Bamboo Shark have similar markings but with larger white spots. Both the White-spotted and Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks are commonly referred to as “catsharks” because of their  nasal barbels that resemble a cat’s whiskers.

Nurse Sharks:

As their name suggest these sharks can be quite the nurturing species. However, they do not nurture their pups in the same way we do. Nurse sharks have much longer gestation periods and reproduce more infrequently than most other shark species. The reason for that is the mother spends a lot of time and energy to develop healthy, mature pups that do not require further assistance after birth making them one of the only k-selected breeding species to do so. K-selected refers to species that have a smaller number of offspring per gestational cycle. The Nurse Sharks of SeaQuest are another fan favorite. At our Utah location, guests can feed these maginificent sharks as well as their eel roommates. Reaching lengths of 8-9 ft and some over 200lbs these sharks rely on a steady diet of crustaceans, mollusks, and various fish.

Meet these three species of the sharks and many more on your next visit to SeaQuest!

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We’re Celebrating Shark Week at SeaQuest

Join us this week for a special look at the “Sharks of SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums” as well as sharks across the world. In celebration of Shark Week we will be dedicating one blog post per day to the wonders of sharks!

So often in media sharks are seen in a negative light, focusing on the vicious and ferocious behaviors of some shark species at rare points in time. While this may drive up views, it does not do justice for the over 500 species of sharks currently existing in our oceans. Did you know that sharks are actually low on the list of animal related fatalities? In reality, animals like mosquitoes, crocodiles, snakes and dogs top those charts. For each human killed by a shark, there are approximately two million sharks killed by humans.

At SeaQuest, education is one of most important experiences we strive to provide with every visit to the aquarium. Each day during Shark Week, we’ll be providing useful information about the Sharks of SeaQuest, why sharks are important to our oceans, and easy ways we can all help protect the world’s shark population.

And as an added BONUS, all Annual Memberships are 50% OFF for a limited time. Enjoy 365 days of interaction and inspiration at SeaQuest for half price while they last! Pre-Sale Annual Memberships begin on opening day and are valid for one year from that date.

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Buy One Give One

At one time or another, all families experience hard times. Even behind the walls of a successful aquarium, we find ourselves moved by the endless amount of trials that find their way into our lives.

For this reason SeaQuest Aquariums presents its “Buy a Ultimate Family Pass, and Give One Free” deal. Using the promotion code “GIVE” when purchasing an Ultimate Family Pass, you will receive an additional Family Pass to give away to someone in need.
Promo Code “GIVE” http://seaquestaquariums.com/fortworth/annual-memberships/

SeaQuest is a completely unique experience with over 30 exhibits designed around interaction. This means that you will not just look at the animals and exhibits but rather enter in to them and learn by touching and feeding the animals.

At SeaQuest, guests will interact with over 1,500 animals as we take them on a Quest Around The World!

Highlights include:

· 40,000 gallon tropical exhibit in our Caribbean Cove where guests can snorkel with stingrays and sharks!

· Hand feeding in bird aviaries in the Mayan Jungle

· Walk in reptile exhibits in the Amazon Rainforest

· Feeding stingrays and sharks in the Cape Cod Reef

· Interactive bird shows in Adventurers Boardwalk

· Reptile encounters in the Egyptian Desert

· Up close and personal with tropical Fish in Pirates Island

And so much more!

Construction is already under way in the Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, TX.

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SeaQuest Interactive Aqaurium Is An Added Plus For Homeschoolers

Did you know a trip to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium can be an excellent way to supplement your homeschool curriculum? We offer a wide range of real, tactile, interactive experiences, designed to stimulate the brain by engaging the senses in order to help your child better absorb the information being presented. There is an ocean of possibility, with math and science activities appropriate for every age and grade, from pre-k to high school.