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While I was at Disney World a couple weeks ago for the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to participate in many of the experiences around the parks. I was able to learn about the Dine with an Animal Specialist program at Animal Kingdom Lodge, go on the Backstage Tales Tour at Animal Kingdom, look at all the lovely flowers and topiary displays at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, learn more about Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom, and go on the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom again.
Whew. I’m tired just typing all that. It was a full three days at the parks.
During our day at EPCOT, we had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the aquarium and the aquatic animals. We were taken on a private tour to the very top of the aquarium so that we could see and learn more about how the staff works with and feeds the animals. We weren’t allowed to take any pictures in this restricted space, and the pictures I was able to take in the viewing area of the aquarium aren’t very clear unfortunately.
But regardless of how my photos turned out, I learned so much from our tour guide. Here are 10 Facts I Learned at EPCOT’s Living Seas.
- The aquarium at Epcot holds 5.6 million gallons of handmade salt water.
- The water in the aquarium is kept between 74-77 degrees.
- There are 4 Atlantic-nosed dolphins in the aquarium that are fed by divers.
- There are 6 sharks in the aquarium at Epcot.
- The sharks don’t eat the other fish in the aquarium because they are not fed the type of fish in the shared aquarium.
- The sharks are fed during the middle of the night when all the lights are out and it’s completely dark in the aquarium. A staff member wearing all black will shine a single light in the water and drop in the food.
- There are thousands of schooling fish in the aquarium at Epcot.
- The animal trainers are teaching the dolphins to vocalize what they see by making a series of sounds.
- This diver is serving a very important purpose – she’s the lookout diver for the others feeding.
- Epcot does husbandry training with their animals to get them accustomed to human interaction.
I wish I could have had more time with our guide to ask her more questions about the animals and how the staff interacts with them. I was intrigued at the facts she was giving us and since I didn’t have a pen and paper to write everything down, I tweeted what I could so that I could go back and find it.
That’s why you should be following me on Twitter. Sometimes I have good stuff to say.
I know that the previous times when we’ve visited EPCOT, we kind of just rushed through and moved on to the next park. Next time I’m at Disney World with the kids, I plan on spending a whole day at EPCOT to make it a fun, learning experience about ocean life. It’ll be perfect for a homeschool lesson.
Don’t forget to go see Disneynature’s newest film, Monkey Kingdom. It’s all about a mama monkey and how she overcomes the odds to make a better future for her son, Kip. It will pull at your heartstrings, y’all. In a good way, of course. You can read my Monkey Kingdom film review before you go. No spoilers, I promise.