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Pictures from the S.E.A. Aquarium of the Marine Life Park in Sentosa Island, Singapore: sharks, jellyfish, and starry pufferfish.

S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa Island, Singapore: Sharks
Sharks Tunnel (Shark Seas) in S.E.A. Aquarium of the Marine Life Park in Sentosa Island, Singapore. The  world’s largest oceanarium.

Located just 15 minutes off the central business and shopping districts of the city, Sentosa Island is a 500-ha wide island resort in Singapore. It is home to a series of themed attractions, a 3.2 km (2 mi) long sheltered sandy beach, two world-renowned golf courses (the Serapong and the Tanjong), several luxurious hotels and spas, Fort Siloso, lush rainforests (incl. 30 heritage trees and 170 species of birds and animals), a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences.

Sentosa is a popular tourist destination which is visited by some five million people a year. The island is connected to the Singapore mainland in different ways. The Singapore Cable Car system links Sentosa to Mount Faber which is another tourist destination in Singapore. It presents bird's eye view of Singapore's city skyline, the harbor, and Sentosa. Sentosa Express is a monorail line connecting Sentosa island to Singapore Harborfront. A causeway bridge links also Sentosa Island to the mainland. The 700-m long Sentosa Boardwalk that is parallel to the causeway provides visitors an alternative way to reach the island. Sentosa Island is also easily accessible by public bus services.

Sentosa S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore: jellyfish
Sea jelly (Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita) in S.E.A. Aquarium of the Marine Life Park in Sentosa Island, Singapore.

The attractions in Sentosa provide a variety of experiences, recreation and entertainment to visitors. Besides the beaches, they are divided into three major places: Imbiah Lookout, Siloso Point, and Resorts World Sentosa.

Imbiah Lookout is situated near Mount Imbiah and contains currently 11 attractions such as Tiger Sky Tower, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Sentosa 4D Magix, MegaZip Adventure Park, Sentosa Luge, and more. The Tiger Sky Tower is a 110-meter high observation tower on Sentosa. The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is a landscape garden with over 15,000 live butterflies of over fifty species. The Sentosa 4D Magix opened in 2006. It is Singapore's first and Southeast Asia's original 4-dimensional theatre. The MegaZip Adventure Park is located at the top of Mount Imbiah. It has one of the longest and steepest zip wires in Asia, a free-fall parachute simulator and more. Sentosa Luge opened in 2005 and has a length of 650 meters.

Siloso Point is home to Fort Siloso, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. Fort Siloso is the sole restored coastal gun battery of the Fortress Singapore that defended the territory at the beginning of World War II.at the start of World War II. It has been restored as a military museum with interactive exhibits that recreate the drama of those times. Underwater World is an underground oceanarium that opened in 1991. It has more than 2,500 marine and fresh-water animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. It has an 83 meter long travelator that moves visitors along a submerged glass-windowed tunnel from which they can look at an array of marine life.

Sentosa Marine Life Park in Singapore: Starry Pufferfish
Starry Pufferfish, Arothron stellatus, in S.E.A. Aquarium of the Marine Life Park in Sentosa Island, Singapore.

In 2007, some of the original attractions of Sentosa were demolished to make way for Resorts World Sentosa. The latter is an integrated resort that includes several hotels and restaurants, various MICE facilities, one of Singapore's two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park, the Maritime Experiential Museum, and the Marine Life Park.

Singapore Universal studios opened in 2010. It contains 24 attractions organized into 7 themed zones: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, the Lost World, Far Away, and  Madagascar. The Marine Life Park opened its doors on 22 November 2012. The 8-hectare (20-acre) park houses the S.E.A Aquarium, the Adventure Cove Waterpark, and the Dolphin Island.


The S.E.A. Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium. It comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats and contains 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species such as goliath groupers, bottlenose dolphins, Japanese spider crabs, and relatively uncommonly-exhibited species such as the guitarfish and the chambered nautilus. The centerpiece of the aquarium is the Open Ocean tank which has the world's largest viewing panel, 36-meter (118 ft) wide and 8.3-meter (27 ft) tall. It is intended to give visitors the feeling of being on the ocean floor. It is home to gentle giants of the sea including the leopard shark, goliath grouper, saw fish, mahi mahi and magnificent manta rays.

Showcasing the majestic predators of the marine realm (scalloped hammerhead shark, the powerful and aggressive silvertip shark, and the sandbar shark), Shark Seas is one awe-inspiring habitat that you will remember forever.

The Ocean Journey zone is home to yellow line scad, emperor nautilus, giant pacific octopus, sea nettle, Japanese giant spider crab, moon jelly, and other sea jellies. Jellies are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. They do not possess fish characteristics. They don’t have bones, scales or gills like a fish. So call them sea jellies instead of jellyfish.

The other themed zones of the S.E.A. aquarium are: Strait of Karimata & Java Sea, Strait of Malacca & Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal & Laccadive Sea, Persian Gulf & Arabian Sea, Red Sea, East Africa, and South China Sea. Adult Starry Pufferfish are white with numerous small black spots that become relatively smaller and more numerous as the fish grows. The species grows to 1.2 m in length. The Starry Pufferfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

 
S.E.A. Aquarium admission is valid for an entire day. Operating hours are: 10:00am-07:00pm (subject to changes). You may buy S.E.A. Aquarium tickets online, via the Resorts World Sentosa Reservation Hotline (+65 6577 8899), or on-site at any Resorts World Sentosa ticket booths located at Universal Studios Singapore, the Maritime Experiential Museum, as well as the RWS Ticketing.

The beaches in Sentosa include Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, and Tanjong Beach.


 

Links

Planet Still Alive
Find here amazing pictures of Marie-France Grenouillet from Marina Bay and Sentosa Island in Singapore as well as other pictures of her trips to various countries in the world.
Resorts World Sentosa
Official site of Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore: hotels and restaurants, attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, Marine Life Park (S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Dolphin Island), Maritime Experiential Museum, and more

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