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Friday, November 11, 2016

Sea TREK at OdySea Aquarium is Officially Open!

Situated in the desert in Arizona with bathroom sinks that look out into a shark tank and 1000 lb globe aquariums suspended from the ceiling — OdySea Aquarium is a modern marvel. Over 30,000 creatures (500 different species) call this massive complex home. Curious sea turtles, graceful stingrays, frisky otters, mysterious sharks, and friendly penguins are just a few of the inhabitants.

OdySea Aquarium boasts a 3D IMAX theatre, touch pools, a penguin exhibit, a Rivers of the World exhibit, and an escalator ride down into the Sharks of the Deep — among others.

One of the most impressive and innovative features at OdySea is the Living Sea Carousel. The Living Sea Carousel is a circular, theater-style carousel that slowly rotates and reveals different exhibits including the 'Open Ocean', 'Sea Turtle Reef', 'Sea Lion Sound', and 'Shark Waters'.

A Sea TREK Guide in the 'Open Ocean' aquarium acts as the Master of Ceremonies and welcomes guests to the carousel tour; while the remaining round-about experience is conducted by an entertaining, scripted video.

Moreover, we are proud to offer a Sea TREK tour in this prestigious and state of the art facility. Sea TREK adds that extra special touch. There is no more immersive experience than interacting with sea creatures under the water!

Carl Hanson, Sea TREK Manager at OdySea Aquarium, has been with Sea TREK since 2011. He started out as a Guide at Miami Seaquarium and shortly thereafter moved up to the level of a Sea TREK Training Coordinator. Now he manages a staff of 10 at the newest Sea TREK location in the world — Sea TREK at OdySea. We asked him to share his thoughts on OdySea and the Sea TREK experience being offered.

“My team and I are very excited to bring this incredible program to the desert. OdySea Aquarium is the first aquarium to feature many things that have never been done before, and Sea TREK here is also a completely unique experience. We are the first Sea TREK to feature marine life exclusively from the Indo-Pacific region of the world, and not only do we operate Sea TREK tours, we also have an exhibit where guests can interact with a Sea TREK Guide. While the guide is in the water, guests can ask us anything from “What did you have for breakfast?” to “What is that thing on your head?” Using DiveLink communication we can speak with the guests and enjoy great interactions. We look forward to bringing the amazement of the Earth’s oceans to the American Southwest.” — Carl Hanson

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