For a one of a kind immersive journey to discover the underwater wonders of our planet, head to S.E.A Aquarium™ on your next trip to Resorts World™ Sentosa Singapore. One of the largest in the world, this aquarium displays over a thousand species of aquatic life from different habitats, all under one roof! Here are some of the aquarium’s most impressive exhibits that you must experience.
One of the most unique displays of aquatic life you’ll ever see, Shipwreck Habitat is a living example of how shipwrecks can become thriving habitats for marine life. Using a shipwreck as their home, rare and endangered species like the shark ray, eagle ray, and hordes of pompano, threadfin trevally and batfish have helped create a unique ecosystem. What is most interesting about this space is how a shipwreck, a manmade disaster, can turn out to be a burgeoning space for a diverse range of marine species. Apart from the sheer spectacle of this 4 million litre habitat, its crowning achievement is creating the most successful shark ray breeding programmes in the world, with 25 shark rays born thus far.
Open Ocean Habitat:
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Being inside the Open Ocean Habitat is like being in a space surrounded by the ocean itself. With a floor to ceiling display window measuring 8.3 meters tall and 36 meters wide, the clear 70 cm thick acrylic panel is all that separates visitors from 40,000 marine animals from 120 different species! Headlining this space are the reef manta ray and the goliath grouper, which goes up to a whopping eight feet in length! The enclosure itself is so huge that it contains 18 million litres of water, rightly making it the central attraction of this aquarium. And if the viewing panel has gotten you excited, there’s more –follow gigantic manta rays as they glide along in the overhead tank in Ocean Dome which is adjacent to this gallery.
Sea Jelly Gallery:
Another popular attraction at the S.E.A. Aquarium is the sea jelly gallery. Sea jellies are organisms unlike any other on the planet. Been around since prehistoric times, sea jellies have no bones, brains, teeth, fins or blood! What do they have instead? Water. Yes, these mysterious creatures are 95% water. The spectacle of watching them float and slide across the water is a unique experience and opens the mind up to just how varied life underwater can be.
Discovery Touch Pool:
The Discovery Touch Pool is one of many measures in which the S.E.A. Aquarium tries to educate and spread awareness about aquatic life and its importance. As the name suggests, this pool is one where visitors can get up close and personal with organisms like sea cucumbers, sea stars. They can touch and observe these unique organisms under the supervision of aquarium staff, who explain the role and importance of each species in a particular ecosystem. This exhibit is a favorite amongst children and adults alike!
Arguably the fiercest predators of the underwater world are shark species. Shark Seas offers you the unique experience of observing over 100 sharks representing 12 species! As they swim through this exhibit, you can follow their movements by walking through a clear tunnel, which offers a highly immersive experience. Amongst the species are the nurse shark, black-tipped reef shark, grey reef shark and the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark, the last of which has 360-degree vision! A significant feature of this attraction is learning about the common myths that popular culture has propagated about sharks and realising their importance in maintaining stasis in their ecosystems. Moreover, the aquarium has been successful in breeding eight species of sharks like the bamboo shark and the tasseled wobbegong.
Involvement and success in Conservation Activities:
Apart from making the wonders of aquatic life known to the public, the aquarium also prides itself on conservation initiatives through education about marine life. While its sustained efforts to breed shark and ray species in-house are commendable, S.E.A. Aquarium is also committed to adopting environmental friendly in-house practices, including obtaining fish feeds from certified sustainable sources, making it not just an interesting destination for an outing, but also an institution that strives to make the world a better place!
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