Under The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Disney World’s EPCOT #MonkeyKingdom

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We’ve been learning a lot about wildlife, nature, and conservation in honor of Disneynature’s newest release, Monkey Kingdom! We can’t forget about our friends under the sea as well!! While at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, we had the opportunity to visit The Seas with Nemo & Friends to watch the trained divers feed all of the fish and view the dolphin training and research!

Did you know? The Seas at Epcot is the 2nd largest aquarium in the United States – 5.7 MILLION gallons! As a matter of fact, it inhabits over 6,000 saltwater fish, including 4 bottle-nosed dolphins, 6 sharks, several Spotted Eagle Rays, and many many more!

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Inside of the aquarium, you feel like you are living WITH the fish. It is an incredible view! Watching the dolphins play is so much fun – they sure are active! So active, in fact, that they have to be in their own separate section of the aquarium because they like to play with the fish and sea turtles as if they were toys. Apparently, the sea turtles don’t enjoy being flipped over and tossed around like beach balls!

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During feeding time for the smaller fish, it was really quite the sight! The fish all gathered around and it was a true “feeding frenzy”!!

Feeding the Spotted Eagle Rays! #MonkeyKingdomEvent #DisneySide #Epcot

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We also witnessed a diver feeding the Spotted Eagle Rays. The rays have been trained to touch the “target” and then are rewarded with a piece of food.
Did you know? In order to make sure that the sharks don’t associate the divers with their meal time, the sharks only get fed at night, in the pitch dark aquarium after hours. One bright spotlight directs the sharks to their feast of mackerel and salmon – fish that are never found inside of the aquarium swimming with them.

One of the coolest things that we saw, in my opinion, was the dolphin training & research! We sat inside of the viewing area while a dolphin trainer gives the dolphins cues and cards that they will respond to by “speaking” what the card represents! It was so fun watching them interact, even a few times when one of the dolphinsknew that he got the answer wrong and then shook his head “no” right after answering. They are so smart!Screen-Shot-2015-04-28-at-12.45.03-PM

In addition to the viewing, feeding, and training shows, there are other encounters that are available at The Seas!

EPCOT DiveQuest: A scuba experience with guaranteed calm seas, no current, unlimited visibility, and incredible marine life and coral.

Dolphins In-Depth: An enlightening and truly intimate dolphin experience limited to a group of no more than 8 Guests per day.

EPCOT Seas Aqua Tour: Snorkel with over 6,000 sea creatures, including sea turtles, angelfish, eagle rays and sharks in our massive aquarium.

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One of my favorite scenes in Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom is when the monkeys go diving and swimming for food! Did you even know that they monkeys could swim? You’ll learn SO much more about this fun monkey tribe when you head to your local theater to see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom – in theaters now!