SeaWorld Aquatica Animals
In the same way that SeaWorld is synonymous with killer whales, so Aquatica will be remembered for their Commerson's dolphins. They even look alike, though in miniature.
Like all the Worlds of Discovery parks, Aquatica has a strong theme of conservation and there are a number of unusual and rare animals and birds on display.
If you go on the Dolphin Plunge flume ride, then you pass right through the Commerson's pool but you can also watch the dolphins from Dolphin Lookout.
Commerson's have a distinctive black and white colouration, like a killer whale but only grow about five feet in length and weigh 100 pounds..
They are very agile and can be seen leaping out of the water on occasions. They come from South America, around the Straits of Magellan and the Falkland Islands and also the Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean and the ones at Aquatica are the only ones in the whole of the Southeastern States.
Macaw parrots come from the Central and South American rainforests and many species are endangered. There are three different species of macaw at Aquatica; the blue-and-gold, the green military and the green-winged macaw.
You will see many different species of colourful tropical cichlid fish in the pools. They come from freshwater lakes and rivers in tropical Africa as well as Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
As well as the animals in the enclosures, you will also meet a variety of animals around the park in the company of Animal Ambassadors.
The giant anteater can weigh up to 100 pounds and eats ants and fruit. They have incredibly long but very thin sticky tongues and a very keen sense of smell.
They originate from Southern Mexico and Central and South America.
Kookaburras are large kingfisher birds and have an amazing call. They come from Eastern Australia and Tasmania.
Sulcata tortoises are one of the largest species of tortoises, weighing up to 200 pounds and growing to over two feet in length.
They originate from the southern edge of the Sahara desert in North Africa.
The spoonbill is a long legged wading bird and has an unusually shaped bill which it sweeps from side to side when feeding. Like the flamingo, it gets its colouring from the food that it eats.
Roseate spoonbills are native to the Southern United States and Central and South America.