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Old 06-06-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Rare look at Sea World

I went to sea world yesterday and went on a behind the scenes tour to feed stingrays. As tour started I ended up taking over because I knew more than guide. I then offered to donate coral for their propagation program. When I did that they invited me to go into "Lab". I was not allowed to take pics but it was awesome. They had a clam that was 2 feet long and a foot and half tall.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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First pic is of shamus filters. 4.2 million gallons of water filters through. Water is changed by stripping salinity out and re-making water after it is highly filtered.

Second pic to left. Dolphin quarantine/ breeding tank.

Third pic second row. Main quarantine. Currently housing new stingrays. Most were over 10 feet long. You can see a fin sticking up.

Last pic and most interesting (to me). Mixing salt with a crane! Those white bags are salt and they are dumping it into a 50,000 gallon water pool.
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All water is kept on site and reused. Filtered then put back in circulation.
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Wow, thats amazing. Not your everyday tour!
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That's great, too bad we can't see pictures of your lab tour
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Congrats on the tour. Where's the rest of the pics :p
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:11 AM   #8
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All pics are about quarter mile off site.
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More back stage pics. The stingrays are in quarantine. They were either caught in fish nets or were some place they shouldn't be. The shark had laid eggs and was being checked on.
The ray in the first pic is about 15 feet long. All tail! Second ray is also very large. Pics do no justice of size.
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4th pic is of a holding tank for fish that are being monitored. Also more filters in the back. There were about 10 sets of those filters around. Total about 15 million gallons!
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