SeaWorld Orlando has announced a new partnership with conservationist Guy Harvey in an effort to promote shark conservation. The prime focus will be SeaWorld’s new roller coaster the Mako, named after one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks. The Mako is scheduled to open in SeaWorld Orlando on June 10th.
The goal of the partnership is to further SeaWorld’s mission to protect marine animals and their habitats while also creating meaningful and educational experiences for its theme park visitors. According to Guy Harvey, the Mako will have an interactive queue for guests waiting in line which will include shark-tagging videos filmed by the research institute from expeditions off Mexico. “This [partnership] is about shark research, shark education and shark conservation. We’re dealing with extinction for probably 50 or 60 or 70 species of sharks.” – Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey paintings and apparel will be created exclusively for SeaWorld and sold in the shops exiting the Mako ride. A portion of sales will benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which funds scientific research and educational programs to encourage conservation. As part of the partnership, Harvey will make appearances at the theme park and in coming weeks travel there to paint a signature Mako mural for the attraction’s launch.
“Through the vehicle of SeaWorld, we can now tell the story, the remarkable story about these animals to a much greater and wider audience than I or my organization can reach.” – Guy Harvey
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