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  • Location: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  • Duration:  Varies
Get up close and personal with a South American sea lion at Coral World Ocean Park. Learn about these fascinating animals while observing their entertaining behavior on land at this strictly out-of-the-water sea lion encounter. Book now for a family-friendly activity in the U.S. Virgin Islands you won't forget!

Highlights

  • Sea lion encounter at Coral World
  • Play, pet and feed a friendly sea lion
  • Admission to Coral World Ocean Park is included

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What You Can Expect

Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park

Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World

Sea lions are a very friendly and entertaining species of aquatic mammals - both in the water and on land!

Don't miss the opportunity to feed, pet and play with the sea lions at Coral World. During the 20-minute encounter you might play a quick game of soccer or get a fishy sea lion kiss! You'll also have the chance to take home a photo flash drive of you and your new friend (own expense)!

Your sea lion encounter also includes full day admission to Coral World Ocean Park. See the "itinerary" field below for more info on the exhibits included in the general admission ticket.

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Itinerary

Exhibits:

Marine Gardens:
This gallery of 21 jewel tanks provides intimate and stunning views of hundreds of marine species in their unique habitats. Watch entranced as these marine creatures exhibit behaviors you would have a hard time seeing in the wild. Try to spot the superbly camouflaged scorpion fish and peacock flounder.

Touch Pool:
Get your hands wet while you gently handle starfish, pet a sea cucumbers, meet a hermit crab and other touchable sea creatures. An aquarist is on-hand to answer your questions.

Undersea Observatory Tower:

The only one of its kind in the Caribbean, the air-conditioned Undersea Observatory Tower stands 100 feet (30 meters) offshore. Descend 15 feet (4.5 meters) beneath the sea to the Undersea Observatory and view the ever changing life on a natural coral reef. At mid-level, visit the Deep Reef Tank and from the top level enjoy spectacular views of the St. Thomas shoreline and neighboring islands. From the Undersea Observatory, you have a unique opportunity to stay dry and watch totally non-captive fish and other marine creatures as they go about their daily activities on the reef completely unaware of your presence.

Caribbean Reef Encounter:
This 80,000 gallon coral reef aquarium encircles you as you enter the air-conditioned Caribbean Reef Encounter. The aquarium is open to the elements, which means the thousands of reef animals that are housed here receive natural day and moonlight and experience rain just like a natural reef would.

Shark Shallows:
One of the most popular exhibits, this large pool is home to juvenile sharks. View a variety of sharks from above and below through a large underwater viewing window as they gracefully circle the pool or rest among the rocks. The inhabitants of the Shark Shallows may include nurse, lemon, blacktip and reef sharks. Friendly and knowledgeable marine operations staff will tell you about the current inhabitants and the twice a day feeding schedule. This is a unique opportunity to learn about these amazing and very misunderstood animals and even pet a baby nurse shark with the assistance of one of the staff.

Stingray Lagoon:

See if you can find all the stingrays that live in the Stingray Lagoon. Masters of disguise, the Southern Stingrays bury themselves in the sand for camouflage. Look for the hint of an eye or tip of a tail showing in the sand to discover them. Watch as these gentle, graceful creatures glide around the pool seeming to fly through the water. They often slap their “wings” against the wall of the pool hoping for a handout of fish!

Turtle Pool:
Rescued as hatchlings in October 1997, the green sea turtles were first introduced to water at Coral World. Smaller than the palm of an adult hand at that time, today each weighs well over one hundred pounds. Watch in awe at these magnificent creatures and learn about their eating and nesting habits during the daily feeding presentations.

Critter Corners:
Spend some time with the native iguanas in Iguana Alley, the native ducks, tortoises and brown-throated conures on the Nature Trail, and the not so native but very lovable Rainbow Lorikeets in the Lorikeet Garden.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This was well worth the money. We have two boys ages 5 and 7 and they loved Omar the sea lion. He played soccer with them, gave high 5's and hugs. They are still talking about this visit. It is just your group with the trainer and the sea lion. We would do this again!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

Very fun...my only complaint was that for the price...it is not long enough!

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