Ziggy, the penguin chick has scattered all the Christmas presents over the Aquarium’s premises while in a rush preparing for Christmas. It is time to show your passion for the underwater creatures, help them to have a wonderful Christmas by diving through their world in search of all the presents. You stand a chance to receive a gift from Ziggy if you are able to recover all lost presents.
Sealife London Aquarium Creature Zones
At Sealife London Aquarium, they offer several creature zones for tourists to walk through and see their creatures.
Shark Walk: Imagine looking at a shark swimming under your feet and you can conveniently walk over it catching fun, it is possible in this Aquarium. Shark Walk presents a walkway made of glass floor, where you look through to see the mighty ocean creatures swim just inches from where you stand.
Atlantic Coasts: This creature zone presents the mysterious and rare to find sea creatures. You get to meet their common octopus; this creature is said to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates.
Ocean Tunnel: Walk through a mighty ocean through a tunnel, sounds fun and it is possible here in Sealife London. You get the chance to walk through a tunnel made of ceiling-wall glass to display their group of shiny sea creatures. Have a sight on the fishes and the green turtles while you learn about them.Rockpool: Welcome to rockpool. All Sealife visitors are welcome to tickle Sea Anemone and Starfish at their will in this wonderful creature display zone. You also have the chance to learn more about these living creatures as you catch the fun on the go. Don’t be surprised when you learn that Sea Anemones don’t have heart, brain, or blood.Seahorse Kingdom: Get a clear view of sea-dragons and seahorses in this activity centre and also learn about the creatures. You may not get to view the sea-dragons at every visit because they have their breeding period. They display them during their behind-the-scenes session.Conservation Cove: This creature area offers more knowledge on creatures and marine life. It teaches visitors the threats that the sea creatures face and what to do to assist them to enjoy the sea. Explore with Sealife and add more knowledge to the base.Thames Walk: You must have heard about or seen the River Thames and wondered how they manage to keep it clean and fresh enough for marine-life. Sealife brings an opportunity to learning what is done to make it work and the number of creatures that live under the river’s water.
Sea Lifes Creatures
Sealife London Aquarium has been able to gather more creatures for their conservation development. Some which were found wounded and got treated, some recovered from the wild, and some born and bred on the conservation land.
They got different kinds of sea creatures. Starting from Magnificent Sharks, colourful Clownfish to inquisitive Sea Turtles and many more. Have you ever been curious or wanted to learn more about their creatures? You are lucky to remain until this part, we will explain each of their creatures if you are willing to learn.
Coral Reef: Talking about the rarest yet the most beautiful habitats of the water, the coral reef is one of them. This habitat is hard to discover yet about a quarter of the sea creature species depends on the creature for survival. Many call it a plant, some say it is a rock, shockingly this creature is an animal and it belongs to the sea anemones class. These creatures are allergic to water pollution. They undergo coral bleaching when stressed by pollution (this is the process of algae spitting from their shells and it changes their colour).
- Clownfish: One of the colourful animals that live around the coral reef is the Clownfish. They stay close to the venomous part of the Sea Anemone to protect themselves from bigger fishes that can pose danger. The mucus layer that covers their whole body makes them able to survive the venomous spot. More reason why they love to stay close to it is that they don’t have to hustle much for food. They feed on the algae on the Sea Anemone and other debris that the Sea Anemone catches on the body. By doing this, they help clean the Sea Anemone body and this is some kind of mutualism.
Clownfish can also be coloured white and black, white and brown, and white and red, but the most common is white and orange. They are always male in gender at birth but some change their gender as they grow. Bigger sized clownfish are always the female while the males are small. The males are very protective when it comes to their young ones, they stay around their eggs all the time to protect them from other fishes.
- Sea Turtles: Sea Turtles also known as Marine Turtles are also found around Coral Reef. It takes these guys decades to become mature enough for sexual reproduction. They go to the land to lay their eggs after mating at sea. When a sea turtle lays its egg on land with warm temperature, they regard them as female. This case is vice-versa for the male turtles.
Green Sea Turtles got their colour from their love of algae which turns bright green in their belly after changing to fat. Older Sea Turtles are herbivores when they reach maturity age while the younger ones are carnivores, they love to feed on sponges, crabs, and jellyfish. They live under the water but they love to swim to the water surface to grab some air into their lungs and they are able to maintain whatever they grab for hours in the water.
- Yellow Tang Fish: This type of fish is the most popular and favourite of saltwater aquariums. They can be easily found and not very expensive. They have an attractive bright yellow colour that makes the reef even more colourful. They are also called Yellow surgeonfish because of their sharp white scalpel-like spines at both sides of their tails. The larger type of these guys is mostly found in the shallow water near the reef while the younger ones stay in deeper waters to a depth of 100 feet or more.
- Pufferfish: Their ability to puff water into their body for gaining a larger size to scare off predators has given these guys their name ‘pufferfish’. They are also called balloonfish, blowfish, or swellfish. They get injured internally when they take in too much water so it is better to let them keep their cool or they may die. They are scaleless with spiky and rough skin.
You can discover all of these creatures in the Sealife’s Nemo’s Kingdom during your visit.
Seadragons, Seahorses, and Pipefish: These 3 creatures form another group in Sealife Aquarium. They all belong to one family and they share special traits. They have their jaws fused to their head to form a snout like a straw. They have their scaleless thin layer of skin stretched over their bones. This family of sea creatures gives their male ones the responsibility to brood their eggs. The female lays the eggs in a small hole in the belly of their male ones. They keep the eggs protected and release them to swim when they are ready.
- Weedy Sea Dragons: The weedy sea dragon also called common sea dragon are mostly found around South and East Australia. Unlike leafy sea dragon, they have more vivid projections and they mostly exist in reddish colour with yellow spots. . They are very long with thin skins covered in bony rings and slender tails. As said earlier, the male sea dragons are responsible for the reproduction but they use spongy brood patch instead of a pouch.
They have a small leaf-like organ that mimics kelp frond and provides camouflage. They also have several short spines for protection. Male Sea dragons have narrower bodies and are darker in colour than female Sea dragons.
- Seahorses: One of the coolest and most charismatic sea creatures is the seahorses. They have over 40 species and they can be found in all the oceans in the world. The aquarium has the Pygmy Seahorses and the Big-belly seahorses. The Pygmy Seahorses are able to change their body colour to their environment’s colour just like a chameleon to protect themselves against predators. They are said to be one of the smallest species of seahorses in the world.
- Pipefish: These amazing creatures are known to be the best at hiding from predators. They have a very small and thin body that makes them look like seagrasses and even the coral reef. They are primarily sea-based, but they can be found in freshwater.
Penguins: Penguins are found in the southern hemisphere. They do not live in the cold climate alone, some of their species are also found in the temperate zone. They have a stocky body and 2 short legs, this body shape has inspired affection to most people.
Penguins are black and white in colour, they use this colour mostly for disguise under the water for predators. Most of them have their black colour at their back and their white colour on their bellies. Penguins are of 18 known species around the world. They have 3 species at Sealife Aquarium; the Gentoo penguins, King Penguins, and Humboldt Penguins.
One of their coolest characteristics is their love for sliding down icy patches on their bellies. These guys even go to the extent of taking turns for their game. They have 2 hands that look like wings but they are flightless. They can soar through the water to hunt for fish.
At Sealife, they adjust their lightings to stimulate the conditions found where penguins are found. This helps the penguins to maintain their natural breeding and stimulates their seasonal behaviour.
- Gentoo Penguins: These guys are found around the Antarctic Peninsula and islands around the frozen continents. They are used to living in the cold. They move in colonies that can range from a few dozens to thousands.
They are very good at parenting, both parents work together to build a nest with grass and feathers for their eggs. The female will lay its eggs in the nest and both the father and mother take turns to brood and incubate the eggs till maturity and hatching. It takes up to a month.
- King Penguins: This species of penguins is the second largest among others. They look like emperor penguins but a bit smaller in body size than them. They have a black back, white belly, and a chest that looks dirty giving an orange colour or somewhat. Fully grown king penguins may reach 85–95 cm (33–37 inches) in length and weigh 14–17 kg (about 31–37 pounds), with males weighing slightly more than females.
Sharks: Sharks are no more new to the ears of people, they have lived with us for over 400 million years. They are known for their predatory skills in the water, their sense of smell has helped their brain to evolve more. There are more than 500 species of sharks around the world’s oceans. You have the chance to meet some of them when you visit the aquarium’s Pacific Shipwreck. Sharks have tough and roughly scaled skins that are usually in dull grey colour.
At Sealife London Aquarium they have the Nurse shark, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Sand Tiger Shark, and Lesser Spotted Dogfish.
- Nurse Shark: It is still not clear where they got the name ‘nurse shark’ from. They are found deep down in the oceans and are very huge in body size. One interesting fact is that these sharks are harmless to humans, probably the reason why they call them nurses. They have a strong jaw and many tiny teeth that can harm anything that steps on it or bother it.
- Sand Tiger Shark: The first impression you get when you come across this shark is that they are very dangerous. They have a deceivingly ferocious look on their face with the display of their sharp and tiny teeth. The fact is that they are actually docile and will only attack when they are disturbed or crossed.
- Black Tip Reef Shark: This species of shark got their name ‘blacktip’ from their pointed snout and black tips on their fins. Unlike earlier mentioned species, they are mostly spotted by sea divers because they like the shallow waters. They are found in warm shallow water and they stay around coral reefs.
- Lesser Spotted Dogfish: You will question whoever tells you that this fish belongs to the shark family. They are one of the smallest and thinnest sharks. They mostly exist in brown colour with black spots. Like other sharks, they are more active in the night. Their females move in smaller groups before their male join them during the spring.
Rays: Rays are fishes related to the shark but can be distinguished with by a flattened body, five gills, and mouth located underside. They can also be differentiated by their wide wing-like pectoral fins. They have a long and thin tail with one or more sharp, saw-edged and venomous spine that can be used to inflict painful wounds.
There are more than 500 species of rays without skeletal bones. They are made of cartilage; it makes them lighter and easier for them to soar.
- Undulate Ray: This kind of rays are well adapted to living and feeding over the sandy seabed. They are always found deep down in the ocean, but they can also go to the shallow water if they can find food there. They feed on small fishes and squids. These creatures have small conservation status but they can be seen at Sealife Aquarium.
- Stingray: Many people believe that these guys are dangerous, meanwhile stingrays are docile and would attack only on self-defence. They use their venomous and spiny tail to sting a perpetrator when threatened. They are commonly found in the shallow and temperate coastal waters. They spend their time buried in the seabed and moved by the sway of their tide.
- Bowmouth Guitarfish: This type of ray is often mistaken for a shark. They have a flattened and wide front body exactly like a ray, and they have their back exactly like a shark. They have a round and wide snout, thorns all over their eyes and the back. They use the thorns defensively when troubled by fishermen or other predators.
Octopus: Any creature with 8 legs and 3 hearts is an Octopus. There are about 300 species of these guys in every ocean of earth. They belong to the same family with squids, slugs, and snails. Each arm of their body contains 2 rows of fleshy suckers that can be used for a powerful grabbing or holding.
These guys move by crawling with their arm and suckers. When they are alarmed, they can shoot backwards swiftly by shooting out water from their siphon. The kind of octopuses you would fine at Sealife Aquarium and native to the ones native in the UK waters.
Rainforest Species: The kind of animals you would find in this area are those that live in the rainforest rivers after it has been flooded throughout the wet season. Predators like crocodiles and piranhas move around the river and are found trapped when the dry season set in.
- Cuban Crocodile: This kind of crocodiles are said to be only found in Cuba, why they are called ‘Cuban Crocodiles’. They have interested biologists with their unique attitude and physical features. They have long and strong legs and less webbed feet.
- Poison Dart Frogs: These little guys have some kind of colours that will attract you to them but don’t dare them, they are deadly creatures. They are carnivorous animals and are called ‘Army’ when they are in a group. As small as they are, they carry enough poison to kill 10 fully grown men at once.
- Red-Bellied Piranhas: People have said a lot of deadly things about this fishes. But don’t be surprised when you find out at Sealife that out of all the 40 species of Piranhas, most of them are herbivores. The Red-Bellied Piranhas are the most infamous among the species, with strong jaws and sharp teeth. They have a beautiful body with scales that look like glitters. Although this species is carnivorous, they only feed on dead or dying creatures.
I'm pretty sure you now know what Sealife London Aquarium is all about. Starting from the different type of zones going through 500 species. You sure will have a lifetime experience in this Activity. Exploring the wonders of our planet has never been easier, we thank Sea Life for putting the hard work bringing the ocean world all together in one place.
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