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  ELMO ARRIVES AT SEA WORLD

ELMO ARRIVES AT SEA WORLD Guess who's just arrived at Sea World? It's Elmo!

Visitors to Sea World will now be able to meet everybody's favourite Sesame Street Muppet, Elmo, as he plays and explores Sea World, the most amazing world of all!

Elmo is enthusiastic, friendly and cheerful and just loves Sea World. He's looking forward to meeting all the boys and girls who love Sea World as much as he does.

Elmo's at Sea World every day making friends with the amazing animals, watching the fantastic shows and playing on Sea World's exciting rides.

Elmo's come all the way from Sesame Street to visit Sea World and meet you, because remember, Elmo loves you!

To celebrate, you can win a share of $100k in great prizes including Animal Adventures programs, Sea World Helicopter rides and stays at Sea World Resort - simply by coming to Sea World to say hello to Elmo right now!

Download Elmo Promotion Terms and Conditions PDF (19 KB)

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ELMO BIRTHDAY PROMOTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Download Elmo Birthday Party Promotion Terms and Conditions PDF (18 KB)

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RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS MAINTENANCE

The Sea Lion Theatre will be closed from Tuesday 20 March for refurbishment. During this time Sea World will run a new show 'Seals Aboard' at the Endeavour daily at 11.30am and 2.15pm.

The Sea World Train is currently closed due to park maintenance.

Seals at Play will be permanently closed from 9 July 2007 to make way for an exciting new attraction.

The Sea World Waterpark will be closed from 23 July - 31 August 2007.

Cartoon Beach rides will be closed on a rotating schedule until 26 October for maintenance.

Please check back for further updates.

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UQ AND SEA WORLD TEAM UP TO MONITOR HERVEY BAY'S DUGONGS

UQ AND SEA WORLD TEAM UP TO MONITOR HERVEY BAY'S DUGONGS From the 9th to the 13th of July, Biologists from the University of Queensland (UQ) will team up with Sea World to study the vulnerable dugongs of Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Straits.

The project is part of a larger program studying dugongs along the urban Queensland coast to monitor population size, composition and relatedness of the dugong groups.

Sea World Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long, said that the dugong was a major conservation priority for Sea World.

"Sea World Research and Rescue's work over the years has lead to the rescue and rehabilitation of dugongs Pig and Wuru, the development of an educational dugong exhibit at Sea World and an ongoing focus and partnership with dugong experts such as Dr Lanyon and the University of Queensland", he said.

Mr Long said that the goal of the Hervey Bay program was to establish if the 3 populations residing in the Hervey Bay, Moreton Bay and Shoalwater Bay areas were related.

Leader of the UQ Dugong Research Team, Dr Janet Lanyon, said that if the groups were found to be related, they would need to be managed as a single unit, protecting coastal habitat and migration corridors between these regions.

"However if the groups are found to be truly separate populations, we will need to monitor population sizes of each group and levels of inbreeding, and mitigate threats to them" she said.

Mr Long said that over the week, field biologists will collect small skin samples from wild dugongs throughout the Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait area.

"These skin samples allow us to establish DNA tags for the animals. This tag tells us the identity of the dugong, the sex of the animal and soon, the age" he said.

Mr Long said that the water clarity of Hervey Bay and the Straits made it much harder to study dugongs than in Moreton Bay so a unique sampling method was developed by the UQ biologists.

Dugongs are approached by the boat and researcher's lean out with a pole which has a small biopsy punch attached to it and take the biopsy from the dugongs back. This remote sampling technique is a clever way of rapidly identifying and characterising a large proportion of each population with minimal disruption and discomfort to the animals.

The UQ team has been studying the dugongs of Moreton Bay for over 10 years and has tagged over 650 animals since 2001. Each of these dugongs is identified by a genetic tag or DNA fingerprints, a technique that consistently distinguishes one dugong from another, despite the fact that all dugongs look pretty much alike.

Sea World has provided generous on-going support to the UQ dugong research team over recent years and in Hervey Bay will provide Sea World One as the main research vessel and base.

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SUPERSPORT UNITED KICK BACK AT SEA WORLD

South African Premier League side, Supersport United, took time to relax when they visited Sea World in the lead up to their clash with Queensland Roar for the Red Card Racism event on Sunday 1st July.

The team, who were in Australia for the Queensland Roars Against Racism preseason match, were eager to see Sea World's beautiful Polar bears and famous Dolphins.

Multiculturalism Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr urged the community to get behind the campaign to "red card" racism.

"This is the first major event of the Queensland Roars Against Racism campaign the Premier launched during his official reception in Johannesburg on 21 March," Ms Nelson-Carr said.

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TOLLYWOOD COMES TO SEA WORLD

TOLLYWOOD COMES TO SEA WORLD Sea World welcomed its first Tollywood Movie on Friday 15th June and Tuesday 19th June. Warner Bros. Movie World and Sea World were chosen as backdrops for dance sequences from the soon to be released Tollywood blockbuster - 'Shankar Dada Zindabad'. 'Tollywood' refers to movies produced in Southern India where as the more commonly known 'Bollywood' refers to movies produced in Northern India.

'Shankar Dada Zindabad' stars Chiranjeevi who has been described as the Tom Cruise of India. Chiranjeevi boasts a long and successful Tollywood and Bollywood career with over 150 movies to his name.

'Shankar Dada Zindabad' will be released in India in July 2007 and will be fantastic exposure for Sea World in India.

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SEA WORLD SUPPORTS COMMUNITY PLANNING DAY

On Sunday 24 June Sea World and the Friends of Federation Walk got together to protect the Federation Walk Coastal reserve by planting eight hundred trees.

The planting was part of a master plan to regenerate vegetation on The Spit to ensure present and future generations of the community have access to enjoy, appreciate and care for The Spit.

Sea World funded all the plants and supplies and also assisted in the planting.

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve is a restoration and low impact conservation project, designed to allow the community to experience the area's particular ecological processes, whilst providing minimal disruption to the environment.

The management plan seeks to facilitate a sustainable balance between a broad range of interests for the uses and development of The Spit. Specifically the plan will maintain and preserve Federation Walk Coastal Reserve as a natural place, without compromise, to inappropriate development based on economic or financial interests.

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YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE LOGGERHEAD TURTLES

YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE LOGGERHEAD TURTLES Sea turtles have swum the oceans of this earth for over 100 million years. As they've evolved the earth has changed around them: tectonic plates have moved; ice ages have come and gone; oceans, rivers, estuaries have formed and reformed and sea turtles have swum on and on. However due to carelessly discarded or designed crab pots many sea turtles are drowning needlessly.

The east Australian population of Loggerhead turtles have declined by an estimated 50 - 80 % and may not survive the next 100 years. Every day in Queensland at least one turtle dies as a result of human impacts such as entanglements, plastic bags and boat strike.

We can do something about this. The life of a sea turtle need not end as a result of discarded rubbish and fishing gear. Sea World's charity of choice, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, has launched a project in South-east Queensland's Moreton Bay Marine Park to save turtles from this senseless death. The project will involve local people ridding our waterways and coastline of discarded and derelict fishing gear and at the same time providing useful solutions to the government to help ensure these senseless deaths can be prevented.

Your help is needed. Visit www.amcs.org.au to see how you can help make a difference.

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ONLINE COMPETITION PRIZEWINNER

Congratulations to the winner in our latest online competition.

N Davis from Qld is the winner of the Sea World Prize Pack. Congratulations!

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"IMAGINE" A NEW DOLPHIN SHOW FOR SEA WORLD!

Sea World has opened its enchanting new interactive Dolphin Show Imagine to celebrate the United Nation's Year of the Dolphin.

This dynamic new show gives guests the opportunity to learn all about the beautiful Sea World dolphins while witnessing their amazing agility and grace as they interact with their trainers at Dolphin Cove, the largest sandy bottom lagoon ever built for dolphins.

The Year of the Dolphin campaign focuses on raising awareness of dolphins in the wild, the threats they face to their survival and actions that could help their wild conservation.

The common objective behind Year of the Dolphin is to protect wild dolphins and create an ocean home that is safe from harm. A crucial factor in achieving this is education to create awareness of dolphin species, inform decision makers and involve local communities.

Sea World's Imagine combines entertainment, education and an environmental focus to delight guests. Sea World Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long said that Year of the Dolphin was an important initiative and that education was a strong focus for Imagine.

"The ocean world is a delicate one which we cannot afford to take for granted, and a little bit of active awareness from everybody makes for a strong collective difference", he said.

"Wild dolphins are tied to our cultural history, they are a living treasure, however their survival is becoming increasingly threatened by pollution, over-fishing and unprotected waters".

Mr Long said some basic things everyone can do to protect our marine environment include not discarding plastics, fishing lines or oils into the water and obeying fishing regulations that ask that you only take what you need. Over-fishing globally does deplete opportunities for a meal for many marine animals.

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SEA WORLD HELPS CLEAN UP WAVEBREAK ISLAND!

Sea World staff, the Labrador Scouts and a small army of volunteers recently descended on nearby Wavebreak Island to make a difference on Clean Up Australia Day

Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians do their bit for the environment by participating in Clean Up Australia Day.

This year Sea World collaborated with Clean Up Australia Day to get nearby Wavebreak Island into shape.

Wavebreak Island is used frequently by locals and tourists for recreational events such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, camping and picnicking.

Rubbish left behind by guests, along with cigarette butts and plastic bags thrown into the waterways spoil the Island for other visitors and can be harmful to marine life if waste is ingested.

The Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation vessels will conducted regular transfers to Wavebreak Island departing from the Sea World Jetty from 8am to 12pm on the day.

Sea World would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who together managed to collect over 40 garbage bags full of rubbish from the island.

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THE AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY HAS BEEN SELECTED AS CHARITY OF CHOICE

THE AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY HAS BEEN SELECTED AS CHARITY OF CHOICE Sea World is proud to announce The Australian Marine Conservation Society has been selected as its charity of choice.

The AMCS works with local communities to protect ocean life and their habitat, and aim to provide leadership on a wide range of issues throughout Australia including marine parks, fisheries, threatened species and pollution.

Operating for over forty years, the AMCS is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation that funds its conservation work via the generous support of every-day Australians.

Sea World is pleased to note that AMCS' conservation goals include such initiatives as helping to protect Grey nurse sharks, dugongs and turtles.

To find out more about the AMCS go to http://www.amcs.org.au.

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LOCAL RESIDENT WINS MAJOR PRIZE IN SEA WORLD TREASURE HUNT!

LOCAL RESIDENT WINS MAJOR PRIZE IN SEA WORLD TREASURE HUNT! Palm Beach Resident and Sea World Annual Pass Holder, Craig Wasson was the lucky winner of the first of two Ford Escapes up for grabs in the Sea World Treasure Hunt promotion.

The promotion, which ran from December 8 to January 31, gave Sea World visitors a chance to win HUGE prizes including one of two Ford Escapes and Panasonic Plasma Televisions.

Craig said that with a new baby and 2 older children, the car was the perfect size for his growing family.

Craig, an annual pass holder, said that during the school holidays the he had taken the family to visit Sea World and entered the draw for the treasure hunt.

"It was a bit of fun for us, my kids Maggie and Rhys were running around and sticking the stickers on the map, we never for a moment thought we'd win the car!"

Craig said that the family had been planning a trip to Cairns later on in the year, and plans to take the new Escape 'to break it in'.

"We're all really looking forward to the trip now. The kids are just so excited that we've won it, they?re telling everyone!"

Every visitor to Sea World received a special Treasure Hunt map as well as an instant-win scratch card, giving them a chance to win one of thousands of instant win prizes including Optus pre-paid mobile phone packs, tickets to Intencity, accommodation at Sea World Resort, Coca-Cola drinks, Streets Paddle Pops, Wet'n'Wild passes and Sea World Annual Passes.

To win, Sea World visitors explored above and below the surface to locate the Treasure Chests, marked the locations on their special Treasure Hunt Map, then entered the draw to win one of the major prizes.

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'KINGY' THE DOLPHIN RELEASED AT BRIBIE ISLAND

'KINGY' THE DOLPHIN RELEASED AT BRIBIE ISLAND  Sea World released 'Kingy' a recently rescued dolphin back into its natural habitat on Thursday 4 January at Bribie Island.

'Kingy', a Male Inshore Bottlenose Dolphin was caught in the shark nets last September at Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast. He was freed by lifeguards and cared for on the beach by lifeguards and staff from Australia Zoo until Sea World Vet Dr. David Blyde could attend.

Upon examination the dolphin was found to be in poor health having considerable net damage and suffering from the effects of either exhaustion or near drowning.

Since then the animal has resided at Sea World where extensive rehabilitation and care has continued to take place. Kingy's pectoral fin, nearly severed in the incident, has continued to improve and more recently Kingy has been placed in a larger pool to evaluate his suitability for release.

Following recent tests, the Sea World Rescue team deemed Kingy ready to go home.

Kingy was released on Thursday morning in a calm water passage just off Bribie Island, North of Brisbane.

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