It’s Up To US – Only We Can Prevent Further Ocean Devastation!

As our final SeaQuest Shark Week blog segment, we will be focusing further on conservation and what we can do in our everyday lives to help keep our ocean and shark populations healthy! You don’t need to have a degree or travel great distances to help. These tips are geared for the average household.

Eating less fish
100s of sharks are accidentally caught during the commercial fishing expeditions of our more common seafood choices. While these are just accidents, they are decreasing the shark populations faster than nature can replace them. How can you help? By eating less fish, we can decrease the amount of commercial fishing worldwide and therefore reduce the number of accidental shark deaths caused by the commercial fishing industry. Implement a Fish-less Friday or a No Seafood Monday within your families weekly menu and you will help save sharks one dinner at a time!

Donating to Non-Profits
Donating doesn’t have to be a huge hit to your wallet. Donating $5-$10 every week or even every month can mean life changing effects on the oceans populations. There are dozens of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping save our ocean populations by reducing and preventing devastating ocean pollution. You are one google search away from locating the perfect charity that is helping protect and save the amazing shark species we all know and love!

Sharing Content on Social Media
The easiest way we can all make a difference is the positive influence we can share on our social media. Each time you share ocean conservation and educational content with your friends, families, and followers, you are increasing the number of views that article receives bringing more and more attention to this important cause. Help save the sharks by sharing articles, donation pages, and non-profit organizations’ posts with your friends and followers. You can start by sharing all of the Shark Week at SeaQuest posts!

Thank you so much for joining us this week on our SeaQuest Shark Week Adventure. We hope to see you and your Family at a SeaQuest location soon!


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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!


Today’s Shark Week Daily Deal:
$2 OFF ADMISSION to SeaQuest for up to 10 people when you purchase online using coupon code NOPLASTIC at checkout. This special discount offer is valid for one day only: Expires Friday, July 28th, 2017 at midnight. Shark Week Daily Deals cannot be combined with any other discount offer.

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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.

Today’s Shark Week Daily Deal:
$2 OFF ADMISSION when you purchase online using coupon code ADMIT2OFF at checkout. This special discount offer is valid for one day only: Expires Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at midnight. Shark Week Daily Deals cannot be combined with any other discount offer.

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 / Articla 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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Celebrate Shark Week at SeaQuest – Day 1

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, beginning July 23 rd through July 29th we will be extending a one day, limited time savings offer found only in our Shark Week blog articles! Save this summer with these awesome Shark Week Daily Deals that’ll save you and your family the cost of a unique SeaQuest adventure and a chance to interact with the Sharks of SeaQuest for yourselves.

Today’s Shark Week Daily Deal:

$2 OFF ADMISSION when you purchase online using coupon code SW2OFFDEAL at checkout. This special discount offer is valid for one day only: Expires Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at midnight. Shark Week Daily Deals cannot be combined with any other discount offer.

SeaQuest Is Honored To Be Voted #2 By @kidsoutandabout-Salt Lake City

Allowing kids and families to immerse themselves in a world of discovery at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is what made us the #2 family activity in SLC! When you visit SeaQuest, we take you on an adventure through rainforests, deserts and the depths of the seas. There are exciting exhibits and activities for families and children of all ages, like getting wet with the stingrays, feeding the toucans, encountering the caimans, taking selfies with the snakes and more!

Come find out why we’ve received this award by popular demand!

An Inside Look At SeaQuest From Adrian’s Crazy Life!

Another great SeaQuest review from super blogger Adrian of Adrian’s Crazy Life! Check out the complete article at her website and enter to win a 6 pack of admission tickets to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Utah!

http://adrianscrazylife.com/…/giveaway-and-discount-code-fo…

Giveaway and Discount Code for SeaQuest Aquarium Utah

Recently, I decided to give my family a little pre-Easter treat by taking them for a visit to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Layton, Utah.  We spent the whole day there and we had SO MUCH FUN!

Disclaimer:  I was compensated by SeaQuest Utah with free admission for myself and my family.  However, you know me – my words and opinions are all my own.

If you haven’t tried this place, you have GOT to check it out!  When SeaQuest says interactive, they mean it.  All the exhibits are hands-on and my gang LOVED IT!  My kids are all grown now, but I knew this was a great choice for us.  We all love animals and we are game for just about anything.

Fish pedicures?  YEP  (Feels like a zillion little bubbles!)

Wrapped up in a giant snake?  YEP

Get mobbed by a dozen hungry parakeets?  YEP

Play with the lorikeets?  YEP

Snorkel with stingrays and sharks?  YOU BET!

Doesn’t that look like an AWESOME day?  My family is still talking about it.  My youngest son had to miss it due to his college finals, so he is

planning a SeaQuest date night with his girlfriend.  I think this would be a terrific date night – certainly better than just dinner or a movie.

SeaQuest is fairly new to Utah – they just opened in November.  They have a SeaQuest location in Las Vegas already and they are opening their Dallas Ft Worth location very soon.  This one is conveniently located downstairs in the Layton Hills Mall.

I promised you a discount code AND a giveaway.  If you use my special code, you’ll get 25% off admission (note that there an extra charge for many of the activities) – it is ADRIANCL25 – you can use it online or at the admissions desk.  I am also holding a giveaway for a 6-pack of tickets so you and your family can have a fun day too.

Autism Village: Amazing Resource for Families To Find Autism-Friendly Businesses

With 1 in 58 children in Utah having Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s about time we discovered this tremendous website and smartphone app! It’s an online “find, rate and locate” resource, much like TripAdvisor or Yelp, that families can use to find autism-friendly businesses based on the reviews and ratings of other app users. SeaQuest is so very proud to be a autism-friendly business and be on the list at AutismVillage!

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SeaQuest Welcomes “The Real Housewives Of Riverton”

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a personalized tour of SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums for our new friends at The Real Housewives Of Riverton blog site. This was their first visit to SeaQuest and the votes are in … they loved it and we loved sharing it with them! Wanted to send out a special thank you to Jenn, Paula and the gang at Real Housewives Of Riverton for the wonderful review article and all the great photos they posted at their blog site. We hope to see you at SeaQuest again very soon!

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SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Utah

We had the pleasure of heading up to Layton, Utah to visit the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium.  I really didn’t know what to expect, but knowing how much my kids love going to our local zoos and farms, I knew that getting to check out fun animals and sea life was going to be a blast for them!

SeaQuest is located in the Layton Hills Mall in Layton, Utah.  The lobby area is set up with a gift shop and lots of fun things for kids to look at.  But of course the first thing that caught my eye was…

 

SeaQuestFiiz-664x1024That’s right mamas!!  You can grab your favorite Fiiz drink on the way in!  We’ve gotta keep ourselves hydrated and happy while having fun right?!   Once you’ve got your favorite soda in hand, you head on inside for all the fun!  The one thing you won’t see at SeaQuest are signs that say “Please don’t touch”.  When they say interactive they mean it!  If there is something that isn’t to be touched, they make the exhibits completely enclosed or tall enough that they can’t be reached inside.  There are so many of the exhibits that are perfectly child friendly and they encourage a “two finger touch” rule.  This makes it a perfect place for birthday parties…I already have requests from two of my kids to have their birthday there!  Feeding the Stingrays was so cool!  They are super cute and friendly!  Not only can you feed them, but you can actually schedule a session to swim with them!

One of the first things that we did was the bird encounter.  I took my 1.5 year old and my 3 year old into the small bird encounter…that may have been a mistake.  The birds are SO cute, but there are A LOT of them!  They land on your arms, shoulders, head, legs…pretty much everywhere!  I loved it!  My little ones not so much.  I’m super excited to take my older ones because I think they won’t be as nervous around all the little birds.  They also have a large bird encounter, there are fewer birds, so it’s not quite as overwhelming.

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We also got to visit with and feed the iguanas.  This was a little more my smaller children’s speed.  The iguanas are pretty laid back and SUPER excited when you feed them.  They have a large iguana named Chester, and a bunch of smaller ones running around.  The kids had a blast peeking under the rock overhangs to find the smaller ones.

The tanks they have are so great.  We loved looking at all the different type of fish and sea life.  They have big viewing areas so that even smaller kids can see all the fun!  We loved the Glow Fish!  They were so bright, they looked like candy.

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One of the kids’ favorite things was meeting a mermaid!  They had the sweetest mermaid in the world, she talked with each of the kids and gave them each a wishing shell…you certainly can’t go wrong when you have a wishing shell from a mermaid!  SJ was a little shy but he was still willing to sit by her for a picture.

While all of SeaQuest is very family friendly, there is one thing that is a little more for adults, and that’s the Fish Spa!  I was a little hesitant to try it at first.  What if it hurt?  Do the fish bite?  Well the answer is NO!  It was so fun!  It totally felt weird…think of a million tiny bubbles being shot up at your feet all at once, that’s kind of what it felt like.  The fish actually don’t have teeth.  They have a crazy intense suction and just LOVE your dead skin cells.  Also the water cycles out every 8 minutes so you don’t have to worry about sharing water with the person before you!  It was very relaxing, and definitely a cool experience!

There is so much more that I can’t wait to share with you all after we go back again.  Trust me when I tell you that you won’t be disappointed.  We are hoping to have some discounts and possibly a giveaway coming up for all of you, so be sure to keep your eyes open!  Make sure you check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too!  Also, if you aren’t local to Utah, they also have a location in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they are building one in Dallas, Texas too!

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.