Sea Life Park Hawaii
|Location||Waimānalo, Oahu, Hawaii|
|No. of animals||over 2000|
|Volume of largest tank||300,000 US gallons (1,100 m3)|
Sea Life Park Hawaii is a marine mammal park, bird sanctuary and aquarium in Waimānalo near Makapuʻu Point, north of Hanauma Bay on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, United States. The park first opened in 1964, and includes exhibits that let visitors interact with the animals by swimming with dolphins, sea lions, and rays, taking a sea safari in the aquarium, and feeding the sea turtles. The park was acquired in 2008 and is operated by Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Parques Reunidos from Dolphin Discovery which had acquired it in 2005.
Exhibits and facilities
The Hawaiian Reef Aquarium is a 300,000-US-gallon (1,100 m3) tank that is home to more than 2000 reef animals, including sharks, stingrays, turtles, and schools of tropical fish.
The Hawaiian Ocean Theater is the venue for the main shows, which includes dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. The shows include information about the newest training techniques and about the park's conservation efforts.
Visitors can interact with the animals at the Sea Turtle Feeding Pool, Sting Ray Lagoon, Swim with the Sea Lions and Swim with Dolphins pools.
The Dolphin Cove Show features an open-air theater from which visitors can watch dolphin performances.
The Bird Sanctuary is home to many wild marine birds including "iwa" (great frigatebirds), boobys, shearwaters, and albatrosses, most of which came to the sanctuary sick or injured. Visitors can see how these birds are cared for and rehabilitated.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat lets visitors see these native animals, and interact with the trainers before and after the shows.
Sea Life Park Hawaii includes several programs that let visitors interact directly with the animals in the water. All programs are run several times daily.
- Dolphin Royal Swim Program, Dolphin Swim Adventure, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Aloha all let visitors interact directly with dolphins in the water.
- Sea Lion Discovery lets visitors swim and play with sea lions in the water. Visitors are also taught the signalling system used by the trainers to communicate with these animals.
- Sea Trek Adventure is an underwater stroll in the Hawaiian Reef Tank, surrounded by eels, stingrays, sea turtles, and numerous other reef species.
Sea Life Park Hawaii is active in several conservation areas, including the release of adolescent green sea turtles that were hatched and raised at the park, hundreds of which are released into the wild each year. The park's last spinner dolphin was released in 1983.
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