Discover the enchanted underwater world of seahorses at the only seahorse farm in the United States. Pet these exotic sea animals, and delight as they curl their tail around your finger! Learn why Animal Planet has rated the seahorse as the most extreme father. These amazing animals are the only fish species where the males undergo a true pregnancy! Watch as pairs hook their tails together to swim around. Your guide will explain the value of seahorses in the ocean environment and field of medicine. With one of the largest collections of seahorses in the world, this guided tour is educational, fun and interactive.
Note: This tour is not available on Sundays. Participants under 4 years of age are not permitted to touch the seahorses.
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4 of 6(67%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Magical Seahorse Discovery
Review 1 for Magical Seahorse Discovery
Location:SF Bay Area
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:April
Date:May 27, 2012
I couldn't resist the opportunity to see something I never even knew existed - a seahorse farm. At first i wondered if people ate them, used them for medicine or??? However, it seems they are actually raised for pets. This tour is very educational, you can see many of the life stages of the seahorse and yes, they will hold on to your finger with their tails, which is totally amazing. (you can't "pet" them) They also had some leafy sea dragons but wouldn't let us photograph them, darn.
My husband did this & enjoyed it very much. They have you place your hand in the water and the little seahorses attach to your fingers with their tails, as if you are a coral reef. He wants to go back again and next time I'll join him
You will have a deep appreciation for the sea horse and sea dragons after the tour. The guide is very engaging and will make even the most ADD kid pay attention...we had a few unruly kids in our tour group and they managed to pay attention until we reached the gift shop at the end and their parents began yelling across the shop.
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Review 4 for Magical Seahorse Discovery
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Honolulu, Hawaii
Date:July 13, 2011
Lovely relaxed morning
I had been looking forward to this outing as I have a thing about seahorses. I was not disappointed. When you first arrive at the centre you have your doubts as it looks just like a shed in the middle of an industrial estate but once you get through the doors the experience starts. You can see everything from hatchlings to fully grown seahorses. The staff are very passionate and a lot of information is given. Being allowed to have a seahorse wind its tail around your hand is the ultimate experience.
First I want to say that I am a big lover of sea creatures, especially seahorses. Unfortunately this excursion can only be classified as rather boring. I went with 10 family members ranging in age from 2 to 70. The young children ages 2 and 3 were bored out of their mind. The 10 year old and 13 year old were also very bored. It was enjoyable to hold the seahorse but that only lasts about 30 seconds. We spent about 30 minutes standing outside in the heat listening to a spiel about their whole commercial breeding program. I would definitely not recommend this excursion to anyone with young children.
If I had wanted to be preached to I would have went to church.
This was by far the worst of the excursions on my 7 day cruise.
My two children were bored 90% of the time with very brief periods of interest, mostly when they got to the very end and got to see different sea hourses in an aquariam setting.
We had to endure almost non-stop conservatinonalist lecutres/preaching. At a quess I would say 2/3 or more of the words out of our guides mouth had something to do with this instead of about the seahorses themselves.
Also, there is no petting of the seahorses. You get to stand over one of the tanks with your hands together while the guide moves one over and has it wrap its tail around your fingers. This lasts all of about 15-30 seconds in most cases and then you've had all the seahorse contact you are going to get.;
I'm offended that NCL has this on thier list of excursions.