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Breed, Rescue, Protect

At SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort, we have lots of local activities you can support or get involved with!

Our staff at LEGOLAND California Resort annually volunteer to help clean San Diego beaches by clearing up trash to prevent it from damaging our wildlife.

In 2013, SEA LIFE adopted the Carlsbad beach by Lifeguard Tower 30. We are committed to keeping this beach clean through twice yearly clean ups.

For more information, or to get involved, visit our News & Events page.

Global SEA LIFE Conservation Projects

SEA LIFE Conservation works hard to protect every part of our oceans and sea life that lives within it, whether the threat is man made, due to population changes in the wild, or an effect of global warming, we take action.

Our Conservation Successes

  • Breeding
  • Seal Rescues
  • Re-homing
  • Campaigns

Seahorse Breeding

SEA LIFE has been a pioneer in the field of seahorse breeding, successfully breeding and rearing nine different species to date to help this very sensitive and endangered sea creature from facing extinction.
Our program has meant that we do not need to rely on external suppliers to find seahorses for our exhibitions. That means that none will ever be taken from the wild on our behalf. It also means that we may be able to use our stock to resupply wild stock if they become extinct in the wild.
We are members of an international Taxon Advisory Group, which oversees important seahorse protection and conservation endeavours around the world.

Marine animal rescue

Seal Rescues

SEA LIFE and its sister brand the Seal Sanctuaries annually rescues, cares for and returns to the wild more than 100 orphaned, injured and sick seal pups each year.

Marine Animal Rescue
We also rescue other creatures that need our help, including rare sturgeon, dolphins, Minke Whales and Sea Turtles. In 2009 a rare Kemps Ridley Turtle found close to death on a beach in southern England was returned to the wild off North Carolina.

Ocean tunnel


SEA LIFE provides permanent homes for damaged and disabled creatures rescued and in need of homing, that would otherwise have been killed or put to sleep.
By show casing all of these beautiful creatures that have found their way to live with us, we can engage with our visitors to help you to understand how small daily routines and changes can count towards the survival of many of our creatures at no cost or little effort!
Occasionally we rescue and care for other, more unusual creatures. We gave homes to two severely disabled Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Antiopi, who was brain damaged by an ugly gaffe-wound and Lefteris, who had lost two flippers would have both died if a collaboration between us and the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (Archelon) hadn’t brought them to us.

Shark Lagoon


We are active campaigners and do all we can to raise awareness of the critical issues facing the creatures of the oceans. We have been involved with lots of campaigns: the WDCS 2010 Stop Whaling Campaign, petitions to force the Greek government to improve conservation of sea turtle nesting beaches, helping to outlaw the grisly shark-fining industry, and reducing the impact of by-catch on vulnerable species. And it won’t stop there. We will always be involved.

SEA LIFE Carlsbad Local Conservation

Seafood Watch
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort is a Conservation Partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. This program recommends which seafood to buy or avoid. Recommendations are based on which item is fished or farmed in a way with less environmental impact. This program helps you to learn the stories behind your seafood. You can pick up a Seafood Watch guide at the aquarium or download the app for free. Learn more about this program at http://www.seafoodwatch.org/.
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium partners with White Shark researcher Nicole Nasby-Lucas from the Marine Science Conservation Institute (MCSI). This program performs shark tagging and photo identification on the White Shark population off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The resort Green Wave committee donated proceeds from a staff recycling challenge to adopt a shark. You can learn more about this project in the Discovery Zone Touch Pool.
  • SEA LIFE has participated in the Southern California Aquarium Collaborative for the past five years. This is a joint project between Southern California aquariums and environmental organizations. The group focuses on educating guests about environmental issues such as Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change. Underwater Parks Day, held every January, teaches guests about dedicated protected areas right off of our coast.
Plastic Bag
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium is committed to cleaning up our local beaches. The aquarium has adopted the coastline around Lifeguard Tower 30 in Carlsbad. In 2014, over 200 volunteers helped pick up 275 pounds of trash and 50 pounds of recycling from this area. We will continue to host twice yearly beach cleanups.

Our Commitment to Conservation

Here at SEA LIFE we care deeply about our oceans, the creatures that live above and beneath the surface and those we are lucky enough to have in our care. We are experts in husbandry and will only keep creatures that we know will thrive in the displays we create for them.
We are campaigners and activists, doing all we can to preserve the precious life that dwells in our oceans. As well as the practical breeding, homing, rescue and rehabilitation of ocean dwelling creatures we also petition governments, host conferences and help raise awareness of all kinds of important marine issues.

Protection of Turtles

A SEA LIFE fund raising campaign has enabled a new Sea Turtle Rescue and Wildlife Information Centre to be built on the Greek island of Zakynthos. This is because 90% of the loggerhead turtle nests in the Mediterranean are found here. Until the centre was built any adult turtles injured in collisions with pleasure craft or through entanglement in fishing gear around the island (of which there are many) could only be treated at a centre in Athens, a day’s travel away.

Brighton Sea Life Centre is also raising funds to assist turtle conservation work by Project Tamar in Brazil.

Working with other Groups

We are proud to work alongside lots of important environmental groups. These include: Greenpeace, The Marine Conservation Society, The Shark Trust, The Isle of Man Basking Shark Survey, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, The Wildlife Trust, the Worldwide Fund for Nature and others.
We have financed vital field projects and have hosted exhibitions, fund-raising events and press conferences to help wildlife charities draw attention to particular marine conservation issues.

Aiding Research

We have helped fisheries research by supplying mature shoaling species of seahorses for tagging and release.

We also carry out shark tagging through many of our centres. This work helps researchers to understand how habitat changes have affected the sharks lives. Our staff at Blackpool carry out target training to begin to understand how different shark species react to colour and shapes underwater. This valuable research will aid the understanding of movements of sharks on the wild.

Education & Awareness

We attract over six million visitors every year. This gives us a unique opportunity to increase awareness of, and support for, a wide range of marine conservation issues. We do this by placing an emphasis on environmental concerns wherever possible.

We also organise and host high profile conferences and events to attract the attention of the industry, media and general public. These have included an International Shark Conference at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, a ‘Junior’ Shark Conference at Weymouth and a National Junior Sea Life Conference in Birmingham.

These events cover marine issues ranging from the controversial Alaskan seal cull to shark finning, whaling and the erosion of coral reefs.

You can get involved too. To find out how, email jane.smith@merlinentertainments.biz

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