Edutainment at its best, Sentosa Underwater World an oceanarium with 2,500 marine creatures from 250 species, one of the most extensive collections in the world, is out to provide a heady combination of fun, leisure and educational experiences for the whole family.
The Underwater World is characterised by its walk through aquarium with its underground acrylic tunnel and 83 m long moving walkway. The centrepiece of its exhibits provides a unique living display in 3 D of large marine species such as nurse, reef and leopard sharks, giant groupers and manta rays that appear to fly over the heads of visitors. Other interesting displays that provide unique views of marine and aquatic species include a 6 m deep vertical cylindrical tank with a collection of butterfly and banner fishes that appear 30% larger than their actual size; a turtle pool with green and hawksbill turtles; a living reef with multi-hued corals, schools of colourful tropical fish, moray eels, pulsating jellyfish in vivid green and orange, rays, hump head wrasse, golden trevally, sea horses, wispy sea dragons and many more. Encapsulating ecosystems closer to home is a Singapore wetland exhibit that brings visitors into contact with freshwater and estuarine creatures such as various types of crabs, oriental small clawed otters, monitor lizards and other tropical creatures. For visitors curious enough to explore the ocean depths at night the Night Ocean programme lays bare the mysteries the ocean during the darkest hours. In addition, the ongoing Living Fossils exhibit connects visitors to current descendents of marine and freshwater life forms that first appeared millions of years ago.
While engaged in several projects to preserve and conserve several marine species, the Sentosa Underwater World promotes interactive programmes such as meeting the dolphins and fur seals, swimming with dolphins and fur seals in the dolphin lagoon at Palawan beach, diving with sharks and Gracie the dugong, feeding rays and turtles and a touch pool all aimed at improving the understanding of bonds between humans and marine life forms.
One of the newest additions is a therapy for tired feet; fish reflexology sessions beginning with gentle nibbling on the feet by Turkish spa fish finished off with a good foot massage, a very welcome way to complete a visit to Sentosa Underwater World.
The facility is committed to product renewal and programme innovation and visitors can expect new and innovative edutainment programmes for several years to come from this unique facility.
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