Ahoy there! If you’re anything like us, right now, you’re probably missing all the fun and adventure from your favorite ICON Park attractions. While we remain closed for the safety of our family and community, our good friends at Visit Orlando have given us an immersive way to bring you inside some of our signature destinations from the comfort of your on home. With the help of a little high-tech wizardry, we are excited to invite you on a virtual scavenger hunt at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.
Take a look below at the seas creatures you’ll want to watch out for as you swim your way through ocean depths. Challenge you friends and family and see who can rack up the most points. Good luck and watch out for sharks!
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Stingray – 2 pts.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is home to several species of ray, but the stingray is one of the uncontested stars! However, he might be a little difficult to spot. These barbed relatives of the shark like to bury themselves in the sands of the ocean floor to conceal themselves from predators.
Nurse Shark – 3 pts.
Nurse sharks are distinguished by their devilishly dapper mustaches, which actually help them locate food on the ocean floor. Unlike other sharks, nurse sharks don’t need to keep moving to help them breath so you can often find them lounging on the seabed. They also like to travel in groups, so if you can spot one there’s probably more nearby.
Green Sea Turtle – 4 pts.
It might not surprise you that a creature called a “green” sea turtle likes to spend its time near the ocean floor to snack on sea grass and kelp (although they have been known to enjoy a jellyfish for dessert). They also could probably beat you in breath-holding contest, as they can stay underwater for up to 7 hours when sleeping!
Blacktip Reef Shark – 5 pts.
The blacktip reef shark is easily identifiable by the black marks on their jaws. These agile swimmers spend most of their lives in shallow waters, where they give birth to their young and prey on groupers and other larger fish. Blacktip reef sharks like to raise their young in the mangroves and underwater roots, fortified against predators.
Tarpon – 6 pts.
Nicknamed as the “silver king,” tarpons are known for their large size and metallic silver scales. Since tarpons frequent shallow waters, they are often the target of fishing expeditions. However, because of their forceful, fighting nature when hooked, you have to be specially licensed to catch them!
Yellow Tang – 7 pts.
These little fish are native to the South Pacific and have become popular features of exotic aquarium over the years. Yellow tangs are only really yellow in the light of day. At night, their bright hue fades to a soft brown. They are also the resident cleaners of the coral reef. One of their primary sources of food is the algae that grows on turtle shells.
So how did you do? Take a screen shot of the checklist below and fill it out. Be sure to share how you did with us on social media. Tag us @iconparkorlando and @sealife_orlando. We hope you had fun exploring the fathoms below on a virtual scavenger hunt at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Until next time, later days and gnarly waves!