WHAT TO SEE AT S.E.A. AQUARIUM, RWS

Location: SINGAPORE

Sea what I did there? I’ve been to Resorts World Sentosa four times already but I always feel like it’s not enough so this time my friends and I decided to check in at Equarius Hotel (within RWS) and spend 3 full days to explore the place.

We decided to put S.E.A. Aquarium in our itinerary because we always pass by it whenever we would go to Universal Studios but we never really got the chance to visit it. So we finally had the luxury of time to spend the whole morning here and I’m glad we did! I wouldn’t mind getting lost here!

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When stepping into S.E.A. Aquarium, you immerse yourself in a magical marine world seen through our planet’s largest window to the ocean. With more than 800 species of marine animals, the aquarium is home to majestic manta rays, enormous goliath grouper, napoleon wrasse, and other gentle giants of the sea.

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Begin the journey by travelling back in time to discover Asia’s maritime heritage at The Maritime Experiential Museum. Let the field trip begin!

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The S.E.A. Aquarium journey takes guests through 10 different zones, covering the vast oceans of the planet through some 49 habitats. This inspiring journey follows the route taken by seafarers for millennia, where spices and silk were transported from Southeast Asia to the African subcontinent and beyond. The animals they sailed over and the habitats they passed are represented here in detail.

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When you first enter the Aquarium, you will find yourself under the ribs of a shipwreck. The setting is the Strait of Karimata and Java Sea. These are popular destinations for viewing underwater caverns, wrecks, coral, sponges and diverse marine life. Shipwrecks often evolve into thriving marine habitats with sponges and corals colonizing the wrecks, transforming them into an artificial reef system that develops into a habitat for diverse marine life.

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No fish makes a grander entrance than the lionfish. Check out those dramatic fins. But do you know that behind the drama lies a venomous secret? Truth is, these fins have needle-sharp spines that can inject venom into predators. No need to worry- the lionfish only uses its spines for protection.

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Shark Seas will showcase more than 200 sharks of 12 species, including the nurse shark, black-tipped reef shark, bamboo sharks and grey reef shark. Guests will get to uncover common myths about these ocean predators and learn more about their important role in keeping the oceans healthy and vibrant.

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Whoops. Couldn’t help but take a selfie with this sleeping shark.

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Ocean Journey brings guests deeper into the wonders of the open waters, showcasing marine species from different depths of the vast oceans. You can look out for giant spider crabs, nautilus and sea jellies.

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What’s the no-brainer way to up your Instagram popularity? Post a picture of jellyfishes.

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Their hypnotic moves and ethereal colours are instant like-grabbers. Coincidentally, sea jellies themselves have no brain as we know it.  They rely on their elementary nervous system with receptors that detect light, vibrations, and chemicals in the water to navigate around.

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They’re beautiful!

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Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea. Walk across a floor of glass and watch the predators and other ocean denizens swim right beneath your feet! Further ahead, explore the waters of Singapore and seagrass habitats of Malacca, home to lively leopard and blue flasher wrasses.

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Hello, Nemo! Did you know that clownfishes share a symbiotic relationship with their host –fish-eating anemones? The clownfish drive off intruders and remove parasites from the anemone, in exchange for food scraps and protection from predators. (Thanks Google lol)

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Get up close with the sea stars and sea cucumbers at the Discovery Touch Pool.

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Tickle tickle! Haha I love that this area gives us a tactile feel of a few sea creatures!

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I want to be that guy.

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East Africa is among the content’s most biologically diverse areas, with freshwater lakes, coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, lowland forests and savannah woodlands supporting abundant plant and animal life.

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Here, you can learn how amazing life forms in freshwater lake ecosystems have evolved to occupy unique niches, and are found nowhere else on earth.

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The aquarium’s centrepiece is the Open Ocean habitat, viewed through a viewing panel 36 meters long and 8.3 meters high! The panel weighs more than 250,000kg, that’s equivalent to 2 rows of three-double decker buses stacked atop one another! Wow.

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The cutest manta ray mascot I have ever seen. Of course I just had to hug it.

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The Manta Ray. Their sheer size and impeccable grace gliding through the water (and sometimes somersaulting too) are a sight to behold. But did you know it is possible to easily identify these majestic animals? Each manta ray has a unique pattern and shaded patches on its underside– just like a human fingerprint! Manta rays, we know who you are!

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Whenever I see a manta ray I always feel like they’re smiling back at me!

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Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. The warm waters of the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf make up one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world. Viewed from the rugged and harsh Rocky Shore of the Gulf, you will encounter blue-spotted stingray and be mesmerised by schools of glistening sweeper and silver batfish. You also will delight in meeting rocky shore inhabitants like the sally lightfoot crab, the spider-like eight-armed seastar and other unusual semi-aquatic creatures.

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Ever dreamed of sleeping underwater? Well, you can make that dream come true by spending a night at The Ocean Suites. Each exclusive suite is designed like a deluxe two storey townhouse offering guests with the best of both land and sea. The upper level consists of an open living area leading onto an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi whilst the lower level offers guests with an underwater view of over 40,000 marine fishes in the comfort and privacy of their own suite.

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If you can’t sleep at night thinking that a shark is staring at you while you sleep, or when they decide to attack you and break the glass (lol I’m imagining stuff again), you can always close the blinds.

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S.E.A. Aquarium is open 10am- to 7pm daily | Admission is $32 (Adult), $22 (Child; 4-12 years), $22 (Senior 60 years and above)

Photos by me | Taken using my #SmartiPhone6
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