This was the entrance to the maritime museum section, where a friend queued 2 hours just to get past. Another friend got so frustrated she paid a further $12 per person for express passes so that her whole entourage could bypass the queue.
I initially thought this was a wonderful replica of Noah’s Ark, then later realised it was Admiral Zheng He’s junk. (Cultural awareness FAIL.)
There was a very helpful info graphic right next to the exhibit. I thought the ‘locomotion to oxygenate capsule’ was particularly fascinating.
And below, a cast off bundle of shark capsules – the baby sharks were in the same rock pool too.
Grey-black patterned baby sharks and some sea stars (not starfish cos they are not ‘fish’ in any sense).
|Most of the huge tanks dwarfed the little girls.|
We spent the vouchers from my organisation on sushi (haha), popcorn and drinks.
Other favourites included the dragon sea horse (above, resembling drifting seaweed!) and the toadstool like sea jelly (below with the upside down jellies).
The lilt of fairy-like music and the vastness of the gallery panel conspire to make one stand captivated, crowd and its chatter notwithstanding.
Ironically, the kids were most mesmerised by a diver cleaning the coral and gravel at the ‘dome’ end of the open ocean gallery. They simply refused to leave!!
As we neared the end, there was a particularly mean looking shark settled at the sea bed. B really liked him though and we spent a while hamming it up next to Sharky.
|A shark that thinks its a seal and a girl who… is acting cartoon?|
I thought the final pane at the exit encapsulated the SEA Aquarium well. Huge spacious tanks for the sealife to roam around, similarly vast glass panes to bring gawking humans as close as they can get to marine life without donning a dive suit, and majestic marine creatures (check out the size of those sharks!).