Back to nature
The kids are thrilled by the many opportunities to get up close to creatures of the sea. They stand on the travelator gazing in awe at giant rays, moray eels and sharks swimming all around as they are slowly carried through the clear tunnel of the Oceanarium. They eagerly dip their arms in the touch pool to pick up and pat the starfish and sea cucumbers, listening wide-eyed to the keeper’s talk. Best of all, they love the big, fishy kisses they receive from the stars at the end of the seal show.
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■ The seal show, which is not just fun but has an environmental message.
One of the most popular residents of the Crawly Creatures exhibit is the giant Japanese spider crab. These crabs can grow up to nearly four metres in size from claw tip to claw tip – that’s bigger than many kids’ bedrooms. Most of this size is in the length of their long, thin, spider-like legs. However, with the male, most of its leg is actually a claw, which can open to a width of three metres!
■ Allow three to four hours for your visit.
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