Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Aquaria Off-Topic
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-06-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 012.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	62.2 KB
ID:	23996   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 014.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	64.0 KB
ID:	23997  

Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 027.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	63.4 KB
ID:	23998   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 042.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	61.1 KB
ID:	23999  

__________________

__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
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.
__________________

__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
All water is kept on site and reused. Filtered then put back in circulation.
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
CA_BroncoFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Sacramento Area
Posts: 1,553
Wow, thats amazing. Not your everyday tour!
__________________
-CHAD
"Another Fish Tank!?!?!?!?" -My Wife
CA_BroncoFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 02:49 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
capj64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 581
That's great, too bad we can't see pictures of your lab tour
__________________
Carla
capj64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 09:13 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,812
Congrats on the tour. Where's the rest of the pics :p
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 09:42 PM   #7
SW REEF 20+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,593
Very interesting
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:11 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
All pics are about quarter mile off site.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 014.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	64.0 KB
ID:	24002   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 018.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	63.5 KB
ID:	24003  

Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 021.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	63.8 KB
ID:	24004   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 025.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	64.4 KB
ID:	24005  

__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:15 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 026.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	55.4 KB
ID:	24006   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 028.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	50.1 KB
ID:	24007  

Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 030.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	65.5 KB
ID:	24008   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 041.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	63.5 KB
ID:	24009  

__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:16 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
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!
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:28 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
More filters and holding tanks. In the holding tanks they had concrete coral. Apparently we can grow coral better than they can. In the "lab", they had every kind of light you can image. They were testing to see which one did the best. Even had natural light tanks. I told them I had LEDs and they freaked. I told them I would bring them some of my coral and they were very interested. Not sure why but they were. Everything had to be captive grown or aquacultured. They take nothing from the ocean unless it is hurt.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 032.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	64.3 KB
ID:	24013   Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 034.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	62.4 KB
ID:	24014  

Click image for larger version

Name:	sea world and graduation 031.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	63.9 KB
ID:	24015  
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:31 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
BTW. You think they have a lot of employees out front, you should see the back end. I could not believe the man power.
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:02 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
I was thinking. Why wouldn't they let me take pics in lab? It was not something we hadn't seen. I mean, is ocean world out to get their secrets.
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 12:56 PM   #14
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,067
Could be because of proprietary information (policies and procedures for caring for the animals). I can think of a bunch of other reasons but that is usually the biggest reason for not allowing pictures.

Thanks for posting the pictures! I love behind the scenes tours. I think I need to go back to the Zoo, it has been 5+ years since I have been there.
__________________
meegosh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 12:10 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
I bet your right. I wanted to learn about their filtration and they wouldn't say a word. I am going to the new Dallas aquarium in a couple weeks. I have called 3 times trying to get back stage. You never know unless you ask. I may have to stretch truth to get there but I like looking at the filters and back care.
__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2010, 06:49 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 1,699
I tried to talk my way into the back of dallas aquarium. Waiting for the boss man to call me. I told them I went back stage at sea world and took some pics and wanted them to see. They thought that would be interesting. I also will make a donation if I have to. But will wait for that.
__________________

__________________
Bige is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sea

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ultra Rare Golden Barramundi - Maybe ONLY one in the world : neoprodigy Show Off/Photography 0 04-07-2007 08:20 PM
Well...... Is This Rare??? neoprodigy Show Off/Photography 2 11-13-2006 12:00 PM
Killer whale at Sea world Salt4Us Aquaria Off-Topic 13 07-28-2004 02:58 PM
Are these rare ? BrendanH Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 03-30-2004 06:02 PM
Jack Dempsey Vs. The World (world as meaning - tank) TerrellChris2k3 Cichlid Discussion 1 11-18-2003 08:31 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×