With over 800 different types of sea creatures available, including sharks and jellyfish, the SEA Aquarium at the Marine Life Park, Sentosa, Singapore is definitely the go-to place for marine lovers.
I recently visited the SEA Aquarium, Marine Life Park, at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). Here are some of the main highlights.
The first thing that struck me at the Marine Life Park was the huge aquarium – shaped like a large tunnel where the top, back and sides were all filled with sea creatures. These were swimming all over my head and the big stingrays practically dwarfed me. This was certainly quite an experience.
This section was definitely one of the highlights of my visit to the SEA Aquarium, Marine Life Park, and the interactive aspect was something that I had not been expecting. Besides looking at the sea creatures, I could also touch them, provided I was gentle and not too rough.
I remember touching the starfish, which is a sea creature that I have always felt curious about – since my science lessons at school.
I was surprised that the texture of this starfish was much rougher than I had expected. It was sitting motionless on a huge rock near the surface of the touch pool and seemed to be enjoying the constant interaction with visitors.
I thought this exhibit was interesting as there were quite a few dolphins bouncing around inside. They were really playful and cute, and definitely a sight to behold.
But unlike some of the other exhibits, it was hard to take good pictures of these dolphins though, as the lighting inside the water was not so bright.
The jellyfish at the Marine Life Park were encased inside a thick aquarium so that they could not sting visitors. And when I took a peep at them, I discovered that they came in many different shapes, sizes and colours. Some were transparent and completely blended in with the water, to the extent that coloured lights were placed inside the tank to enable us to see the jellyfish.
Other ones were lightly coloured, such as in white and beige, to probably blend in with the water so that they can catch their prey more easily.
Life Sized Tank
I thought the sight of this tank at the Marine Life Park was really intriguing. It must have been the biggest viewing aquarium gallery that I have seen – containing some of the bigger species of fishes. I caught sight of some extremely huge sea creatures encased inside there, including leopard shark, goliath grouper, saw fish, mahi mahi and manta rays.
The sharks were swimming in an underwater tunnel-like tank, so they completely “surrounded” me. But it was comforting to know that they could not bite, because of the thick glass walls on the tank.
I had the chance to get really close up to a couple of sharks. They were resting peacefully on the sand and literally pressing their fins onto the glass, appearing full and contented – without a care in the world. So I snuggled up to take a close-up shot of them.
These ones were rather small sharks though, measuring roughly about one third of my own body length. I think that was probably the closest that I would ever dare to get to a real live shark! It was an opportunity that I would never forget.
This exhibit was the last one before leaving the aquarium, and it definitely left an impact on me.
It was definitely a great experience overall and gave me a rare chance to see some rather intriguing sea creatures that I would usually not be able to come up close and personal with.
SEA Aquarium @ Marine Life Park, Sentosa
Resorts World™ Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
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