The Marine Life Park is a part of Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa, situated in southern Singapore. The 8-hectare (20-acre) park houses two attractions, the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark, and featured the largest oceanarium in the world from 2012 to 2014, until it was surpassed by Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.
|Date opened||22 November 2012|
|Location||8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa, Singapore 098269|
|Land area||8 ha (20 acres)|
|No. of animals||More than 100,000|
|No. of species||More than 800|
|Volume of largest tank||18,000,000 l (4,000,000 imp gal; 4,800,000 US gal)|
|Total volume of tanks||45,000,000 l (9,900,000 imp gal; 12,000,000 US gal)|
The S.E.A. Aquarium (South East Asia Aquarium) was the world's largest aquarium by total water volume until overtaken by Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Hengqin, China. It contains a total of 45,000,000 litres (9,900,000 imp gal; 12,000,000 US gal) of water for more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. The aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats. The centerpiece of the aquarium is the Open Ocean tank with more than 18,000,000 l (4,000,000 imp gal; 4,800,000 US gal) and 50,000 animals. Until 2014 when eclipsed by China's Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, it had the world's largest viewing panel, 36-metre (118 ft) wide and 8.3-metre (27 ft) tall, which is intended to give visitors the feeling of being on the ocean floor. They also have a conservation group called Guardians of the S.E.A.A., which supports research, education and public engagement efforts to protect the marine environment. S.E.A. Aquarium will be rebranded to Singapore Oceanarium in 2024 when construction of an extension is expected to be completed in that same year.
The aquarium houses the world's largest collection of manta rays, including one of only a few melanic manta rays in captivity. It also showcases 24 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, scalloped hammerhead sharks, the Japanese spider crab, and relatively uncommonly-exhibited species such as the guitarfish and the chambered nautilus.
Some of the marine animals living in the aquarium include:
The main attractions include:
|Strait of Karimata and Java Sea||Comprises marine fishes such as pompano, threadfin trevally, batfish, Napoleon wrasse housed in a shipwreck that sinks beneath a simulated Strait of Karimata on the lower-eastern side of Sumatra.|
|Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea||Features sea creatures such as leopard wrasse and blue flasher wrasses.|
|Bay of Bengal and Laccadive Sea||Includes endangered plants and animals along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, as well as garden eels, clown fish and reef lobsters.|
|Ocean Journey||Allows face-to-face interaction with the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. It is also home to the giant spider crab and many different species of jellyfishes.|
|Open Ocean||The open ocean is a big home catered to gentle giants such as the leopard sharks and manta rays.|
|Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea||Consists of a variety of marine life belonging to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, including the bluespotted stingrays, eight-armed seastar and sally lightfoot crab. Includes the Soft Coral Garden inhabited by reef fish.|
|Red Sea||Home to corals and many warm water fishes, like the fairy basslet, orange-lined triggerfish and longhorn cowfish.|
|East Africa||Simulates two freshwater lake habitats of Africa, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, which feature sea creatures like the frontosa and African tigerfish.|
|South China Sea||Comprises lionfish, an array of lobsters, squirrelfish and soldierfish. Specially featuring the moray eel habitat.|
|Shark Seas||Consists of various shark species such as the silvertip shark and the sandbar shark - one of the largest coastal sharks in the world.|
Dining is possible at the Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora and S.E.A. Side Snacks.
The gift shop located at the exit of the aquarium sells a variety of souvenirs.
The capture of wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands and their housing in Subic Bay, Philippines was controversial. Animal rights groups filed a civil rights suit, and the Quezon City court issued a 72-hour temporary environment protection order to block the re-export of the dolphins to Marine Life Park on 14 October 2012. RWS reiterated that the resort's acquisition of the 25 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins adhered to regulations governed by the United Nations Environment Programme under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Following another appeal, the block on the re-exportation of the dolphins was temporarily extended. Upon expiry of the blocking order, the dolphins were subsequently exported while the court appeal was ongoing. One of the dolphins, Wen Wen, died on the flight to Singapore, making it the third dolphin to die prior to the opening of the Dolphin Island section within the park.
The Adventure Cove Waterpark (simplified Chinese: 水上探险乐园; traditional Chinese: 水上探險樂園; pinyin: shuǐshàng tànxiǎn lèyuán) is situated in southern Singapore. The park features seven water slides, including the region's first hydro-magnetic coaster, Riptide Rocket. It also features pools like Bluwater Bay, a wave pool and the Adventure River. The 620-metre (2,030 ft) river, one of the world's longest lazy-rivers, have 13 themed scenes of tropical jungles, grottoes, a surround aquarium and more.
Rides and attractions include:
|Thrilling Water Slides||Dueling Racer||Consists of two vertical water slides which allow two riders to race down the slide at a time by lying on a mat.|
|Pipeline Plunge||A slide that is shaped like a pipe which allows two riders to slide down together in a float.|
|Riptide Rocket||Southeast Asia's first hydro-magnetic roller coaster, which provides strong climbs and steep drops and shocking twists to two riders on a float.|
|Spiral Washout||Funnel-like slide which caters to two riders on a float.|
|Splashworks||Like a multiple obstacle course, Splashworks consists of balance beams, tight ropes, cargo nets, and platform cliff jumps.|
|Tidal Twister||Slide with unpredictable twists and turns, catering to two riders on a float.|
|Whirlpool Washout||On a float, riders slide down the ride in twists, turns and dips. At the end of the slide, people will be facing backwards.|
|Immersive Experience||Ray Bay||An up-close encounter with the rays. Additional charges apply.|
|Rainbow Reef||Snorkel amongst reefs and 20,000 tropical fishes of four different species.|
|Fun For Kids||Adventure River||Float in a tube through 14 habitats around the waterpark. The habitats include a Grotto, dolphin lagoon and ray bay.|
|Big Bucket Treehouse||A water playground with mini water slides and water-filled buckets tipping.|
|Bluwater Bay||Ride the waves in a giant pool.|
|Seahorse Hideaway||Shallow wading pool with fountains.|
The Bay Restaurant serves local favourites, Asian and Western delights. Dining is al-fresco style and situated on a terrace overlooking the Waterpark.
Reef 'n Wave Wear is a one-stop destination for swim apparel, gifts and souvenirs.
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