World’s largest oceanarium opens
S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s biggest aquarium with more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species in 45 million liters of water, opened on Thursday.
The aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark are two new attractions of the Marine Life Park at Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa.
Among these are manta rays, hammerhead sharks and controversial Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
According to Singapore's Straits Times newspaper, animal rights activists have long been lobbying for the resort management to release the 25 wild dolphins captured for the resort.
Park officials defend the wild dolphins' inclusion.
"We hold the belief that zoological organizations have a role to play in wildlife conservation and that to avert species crises, controlled wildlife collections can occur for quality zoological facilities to increase our understanding of the species and for breeding purposes," says the resort in a series of detailed responses to critics on its website's FAQ page.
The aquarium comprises 49 habitats imitating different areas in Southeast Asia. The Open Ocean habitat will house the world’s largest viewing panel (36 meters wide and 8.3 meters high).
Diners in the Ocean Restaurant will share the unobstructed underwater view. It is said that the restaurant will provide sustainable seafood meals.
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Southeast Asia's first hydro-magnetic coaster
Marine Life Park will have two ticketed attractions that allow for wet or dry fun -- Adventure Cove Waterpark and the Southeast Asia Aquarium.
Adventure Cove Waterpark will feature Southeast Asia’s first hydromagnetic coaster, Riptide Rocket, a slide that propels riders up and down inclines and around sharp curves. The other attractions include the Bluwater Bay wave pool and a 620-meter meandering river through scenes of tropical jungles, grottos and a surround aquarium.
Visitors can also snorkel with fish in the Rainbow Reef or sign up for ray-feeding. Interaction programs with sharks and dolphins will be introduced next year.
Marine Life Park is the last of 12 major launches planned for the S$7 billion (US$5.7 billion) integrated resort since it opened in January of 2010, joining Universal Studios, a casino, the Maritime Experiential Museum and several luxury hotels and restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs.
Daily admissions to S.E.A. Aquarium are priced at S$29 (US$24) for adult and S$20 (US$16) for child and senior citizens. Same prices for Adventure Cove Waterpark. From now to December 7, open daily, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.. Opening hours will be extended to 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. from December 8 onwards. Advanced reservation is recommended.