Sea Monsters Past and Present
First thing first, when you enter the foyer of the aquarium, look out for this poster.
Please DO NOT just walk by it. There’s something cool awaiting. Download the ‘SPH Augmented Reality’ app onto your phone. (You may want to do this at home before heading down.)
Open the app and hold up the camera against the poster. And watch the monsters in the poster come to life!
This segments introduces you to the “remains” of three of the world’s greatest marine predators
First up was the Plesiosaur that we saw from the poster earlier.
You can also get up close with the jaws of a giant shark, Megalodon.
And the Ichthyosaur which didn’t look that intimidating.
Go back 380 Million Years
Meet the Placoderm, a gigantic armoured prehistoric fish that ruled the oceans before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
After meeting the extinct sea monsters, let’s check out some species of ‘monsters’ that have survived mass extinction and still live in our seas today.
On top of each tank, you will find a bar that will indicate the number of years (in MILLIONS) that the creature has been around.
Not particularly monster-ish, this teeny tadpole shrimp has survived 251 million years! Maybe being small helps one to survive.
Slightly more monster-ish looking, but in a cute monster-ish way, was the Axolotl. Going back 145 million years.
Another albino-looking fish, surviving 300 million years, was the Lungfish.
And WOAH… 488 million years this monster has been around. Brittle stars.
And guess what? We have got some living fossils right here in Singapore!
The horseshoe crab dates back a whopping 485 million years! And it can be found in Singapore waters!
How do I know it can be found in Singapore waters? (Beside the fact that the tank said ‘living fossils found in Singapore’.) Because we saw one before! During a visit to Sembawang Park earlier this year, MF picked this up from the beach:
Kid was holding a 485 million years survivor without realizing it! This reminds me to the chinese saying: 有眼不识泰山 (Literal translation: Unable to recognize Tarzan when you see him. Okay okay! That’s not the real translation, it’s a childhood joke! But it brings the idea across. Go figure.)
These were not all that was available, but I was kind of lazy to go squeeze with the crowd to take photos of everything. Go check it out for yourselves! Remember: The exhibit is on at S.E.A Aquarium from now till 30 September 2015.
Speaking of crowds…
If you are planing to visit, please try to avoid weekends. We were there on a Sunday and the aquarium was crazy crowded!
This was the queue of people just trying to get past the ticket gantry:
And this was the tunnel to enter the main aquarium:
It was just crowds crowds crowds EVERYWHERE!
S.E.A. Aquarium Permanent Exhibits
S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa houses more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. The aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats. Let me show you some of my favourites.
The Shark Seas at the entrance had so many majestic sharks swimming around. And the tank was tall enough for us to get a good view of the different sepcies of sharks, even with all the crowd in front.
Passing through the *super crowded* tunnel, you will find yourself surrounded by the sharks, swimming above your head and by your side.
There were many people crowded around a small rounded window, and I squeezed forward to take a look. There were some morray eels surrounded by contrasting colourful fishes.
We came to the central cylindrical tank, full of fishes swimming round and round in schools.
We passed by some grouchy looking lion fishes.
And arrived at my favourite tank – one containing plenty of bright colourful fishes and corals!
Thanks to the classic ‘Finding Nemo’ show, everyone crowded around to spot their favourite ‘Nemo’!
And what’s Nemo without Dory?
We spotted an attention-seeking starfish who was waving to us, asking us to take a photo of it. I obliged.
We arrived at the Open Ocean tank, which until 2014, was the world’s largest aquarium viewing panel.
It has been 2 years since my last visit to S.E.A Aquarium. Back then, I remembered being mesmerized by how the fishes and rays swam in schools. I couldn’t help noticing that the fishes no longer swam in schools. And not sure where all the rays went?? I wonder if there is any way they can bring this tank back to its original state.
On a more positive note, they now had a small table for kids to do colouring near the big tank.
And here is MF’s colouring. 🙂
Moving along, we came across a huge school of fishes zipping across a cylindrical tank.
There were some interactive learning stations to help children identify the various species of fishes, and learn more about them.
There were some gargantuan crabs, but I was too lazy to squeeze through the crowd to take a photo of. So here’s a photo of MF from 2+ years ago with the giant crabs.
And the jelly fishes.
There were many different tanks of jelly fishes of different shapes and sizes.
And nearing the exit, we spotted a dolphin!!
Suddenly, MF noticed some sting rays under our feet. He instinctively squatted down to get a better look, and the people behind tripped over him. It was super dark here btw.
And we came to the end of our visit to S.E.A. Aquarium!
Information on S.E.A. Aquarium
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
- Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
- Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Opening Hours: 10am to 6 or 7 pm. (Please check the calendar under Visitor Information.)
(4 to 12 years old)
(60 years old & above)
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