As we celebrate Aquatica's grand opening, we'll be introducing you to the characters of Aquatica. These characters are imagined identities of the real animals of Aquatica, from stingrays and kookaburras to spoonbills and lizards. As you learn more about these characters, it's our hope that you come to appreciate the species they represent. Their look and names are inspired by theMaori culture - a culture that has inspired many elements of Aquatica.
This is Kata! Kata relates with what you might call the “Little Squirts”. Kata’s idea of play is splashing through tide pools, digging in the sand and enjoying the innocence of water play and the purity of the sea
You can probably tell from the picture that Kata is a Kookaburra which is sometimes called the Laughing Kookaburra. The Kookaburra is a species of kingfisher native to New Guinea, Australia, and the Aru Islands in Indonesia.
Kata is a kookaburra, a named derived from an Australian word that mimicked its unmistakable call which, in an uncanny way, sounds like loud human laughter or cackling. These birds have a unique ability to see above and below water, a trait that resonates with kids, who love to swim underwater with their eyes open.
WHAT MAKES KATA FEEL AT HOME AT AQUATICA:
Kata feels at home at Aquatica because of the laugh-out-loud fun, but especially children laughing. Kata enjoys the uninhibited excitement, the youthful spirit of playfulness at any age. Kata appreciates an exuberant joy, particular in the eyes of little kids and the whimsical environment of Aquatica
You can find Kata at Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, home to children’s slides, shallow waters and fun waterfalls!
Kata says “Let’s PLAY! Play isn’t serious—play is light. Fun. Relaxed. (Remember relaxed?) Let your heart, your spirit, your mind, every inch of you remember what it’s like to play. Look around you. The kids and I will remind you how.”