As the opening of Aquatica approaches on May 19, 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 the Maori culture - a culture that has inspired many elements of Aquatica.
Papa is a “Beach Comber”. Papa’s idea of play is exploring the beach and discovering its little treasures, leisurely strolling along the water’s edge and having “breathing room” on the beach. Papa enjoys the simple pleasures of the company of the sea.
Papa means “the earth floor.” This is fitting because Papa’s energy resonates with people who enjoy the leisurely activity of walking barefoot in the sand with eyes combing the ground from side to side, looking for one of nature’s little treasures to bring home with them.
Papa is a Royal Spoonbill. This is a wading bird with long legs for walking through shallow water. The Spoonbill catches fish by sweeping its bill from side to side. They are common along theflats and shallows of the wetlands of Polynesia. This species is not of conservation concern.
Papa feels at home in Aquatica because of the vast, sandy beaches, the non-hurried pace and sense of discovery. Papa really appreciates the detachment from time and schedules as well as the simple pleasure of strolling along sandy beaches and through shallow waters.
Papa says “On my island home, time is kept only by the sun, freeing us from any cares. Come stroll with me along the water’s edge. Detach from destinations and enjoy the day’s journey. Slow down. And enjoy the little things you find along the way.”