Reef Awareness Week (July 25-Aug. 1) presented by Reef Relief, is a celebration of the living coral reef in Key West, Florida, part of the third largest coral reef system in the world. Reef Relief is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems worldwide. Even though coral reefs take up less than two percent of the ocean's surface, 25 percent of the ocean's animals call coral reefs home. Unfortunately, many of the world’s coral reefs are dying due to multiple stressors such as water pollution, ocean acidification and disease.
To help combat this significant challenge, SEA LIFE Orlando, an aquarium in Orlando, FL, featuring thousands of animals with several hundred species, sent 10 SEA LIFE team members down to Key Largo for the Coral Restoration Foundation’s third annual Coralpalooza event, a weekend to promote awareness of coral reefs in honor of World Oceans Day. In addition to delivering informative reef talks to guests, the SEA LIFE team assisted in planting 420 corals, cleaning 15 nursery trees and monitoring 122 coral clusters.
Coral reefs are a fragile and deteriorating due to ocean warming, but remain a vital factor in sustaining the ocean’s ecosystem, and everyone must come together to preserve them.
SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, a cold water rock pool, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring thousands of sea animals. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction is home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, stingrays, jellyfish, rescued sea turtles and much more.
SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life, while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of the Breed, Rescue and Protect program with activities around the world, and new projects developed locally, as well as educational initiatives, including guest lectures and talks.