At SeaWorld Orlando's Shark Encounter, you can observe variety of stunning species such as sandtiger sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and Atlantic blacktip sharks through a glass tunnel that runs through their underwater world. An awesome addition to Shark Encounter is Sharks Underwater Grill, where you can also enjoy fine dining and a fascinating view in an upscale, full-service restaurant that puts world-class entrees on your plate and a window into the world of sharks before your eyes.
And across the street at Discovery Cove, guests get the feeling of swimming alongside sharp-toothed reef sharks, safely behind glass of course, at The Grand Reef.
Hungry for more tidbits of information? Take a bite out of these shark facts:
- Sharks have been around for about 400 million years.
- Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through the oceans. They're such good survivors that they've had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years.
- A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.
- Almost all sharks are "carnivores" or meat eaters. They live on a diet of fish and sea mammals (like dolphins and seals) and even such prey as turtles and seagulls.
- Guests to SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego can experience Shark Encounter. A 60-foot shark tunnel supports the pressure of more than 500 tons of water.
- The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF) supports projects to protect sharks around the world, including studies on the migration patterns, population status, sizes, and age/genders of these mysterious sharks. Learn more at: SWBG-ConservationFund.org
- SeaWorld and the Hubbs/SeaWorld Research Institute study sharks and educates the public on their vital role in the ocean environment.
- Sharks are found in all of the world's oceans, including the Antarctic and Arctic.
- Sharks have starred in many movie roles; the most famous was 1975's blockbuster hit Jaws.