These endeavours, which have garnered the Park renown, have also provided an essential service in the preservation of some of our most treasured ocean-going creatures.
The creation of Sea World’s new exhibit Shark Bay is breaking new ground by providing researchers with the opportunity to conduct non-invasive research on large sharks. It also aims to educate the public on these misunderstood animals by creating a better understanding of their cause and placing higher values on their role in the marine eco-system.
Minimal work has been undertaken on large sharks and therefore there is currently little research data. Their numbers are seriously depleting, due to factors such as over-fishing, and their demise will have serious effects on the marine environment.
The proposed research that will be undertaken at Shark Bay will provide vital knowledge that is needed to help save these animals as well as educate the public so they develop a better understanding and empathy for these majestic marine creatures.
Conservation of sharks is greatly dependant on research and public awareness of their plight in the wild, and Shark Bay will host an ideal environment to facilitate this.
Often at the request of government organisations, Sea World provides equipment, staff and the collective expertise of our marine animal carers to assist in any way possible the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or injured animals.
Sea World's commitment is evidenced in the ongoing rescue efforts undertaken during the annual migration of the Humpback whales, which include real risks to the team who undertake them each year.
The animals, often weighing in the tens of tons, dwarf their rescuers and the vessels they travel in. Throw in an ocean swell or sea breeze and these conditions can soon turn into a high-risk scenario.
Without the benefit of government funding, Sea World has been able to effect the fate of thousands of marine animals including all manner of whales, dolphins, turtles, pelicans, dugongs, seals, sharks and the like.
The non-profit organisation, 'Sea World Research and Rescue Foundations Inc', has committed over $1 million dollars to fund vital research projects, which aim to preserve our marine environment and its inhabitants.
The Park also supports research within the organisation and works collaboratively with education facilities to assist in practical marine based projects.
The value the Park places on the marine world has been reflected time and time again by the greater community who have expressed their gratitude for the efforts that Sea World has undertaken to preserve our greatest natural commodity - our waterways.
For Sea World, the marine world is more than just a mere association. It is an investment in our future and the future of the species that inhabit it. For Sea World, the marine world is a way of life, a treasure to be preserved, understood and ultimately respected.