Situated on London’s popular South Bank, SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life.
During the summer last year, Sam decided to take me to the London Aquarium, neither of us had been before, so were looking forward to see what it had to offer! Sam had pre-booked the tickets, so that it was easier for us when we arrived. We could just jump straight into the fast lane queue (which was only roughly 10 people long).
So in we went, as we entered, we were greeted by friendly staff and a camera… Sam being more camera friendly than me, dragged me over to have our photograph taken in front of a sea life background, where we were asked to make actions as if we were at sea (that was embarrassing).
Moving on into the Aquarium, we were faced with endless amounts of sea life creatures, I cannot for the life of me remember the order in which we saw them, so I’ll just leave you with a list of the creatures you can expect to see:
Coral reef – Coral Reefs are one of the most beautiful and important habitats on Earth. They cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, yet over 25% of marine species depend on this habitat in some way for survival. The Coral itself might look like rock or plant but it is actually a type of animal! From the same family as Jellyfish and Sea Anemones
Seahorses, Seadragons and Pipefish – Here at SEA LIFE London we have successfully breed 5 species of seahorse and pipefish. Seahorse Talk & Feed which takes place at 4pm daily which sadly we didn’t attend too.
Penguins – SEA LIFE has helped breed baby King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Humboldt Penguins.
Turtles – Turtles are ancient reptiles that have been around for over 200 million years! SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way.
Jellyfish – Jellyfish are older than all of our ancient reptiles. Scientists believe they first swam in our oceans around 500 million years ago! There are more than 350 different species of jellyfish.
Sharks – SEA LIFE Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in EU waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.
Rays – There are over 500 different species of Rays and Skate in our oceans and rivers. Their closest relative is the Shark; Rays evolved from Sharks around 150 million years ago!
Information taken from: SEALIFE AQUARIUM WEBSITE
Below are a few photographs I could find from our visit!
Overall, I would definitely recommend Sea Life London Aquarium, it’s a great day out for everyone, wether it be you with your family, friends or loved one.
The gift shop at the end of the Aquarium is full of great gifts and memorable items that are all reasonably priced, so why not treat yourself or a friend to a day out in London to visit some amazing sea life!
P.S. I would love to hear if anyone knows of any other great aquariums from around the world. Leave me a comment!