Tourist Attraction in Sydney: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, with over 700 species including more than 13,000 single fish and other marine and aquatic creatures from most Australian aquatic habitats. In addition, the aquarium features 14 thematic areas including Jurassic Seas, Discovery Rockpool, Shark Walk and the largest exhibition in the world of the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, visitors encounter unique animals for each habitat, including two of just five dugongs on display in the world, sharks, stingrays, penguins and tropical fish, among others. It is a public aquarium located in the city of Sydney, in New South Wales, in Australia. It is located on the eastern side of Darling Harbor north of the Pyrmont bridge. It is a complete institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The aquarium was designed by Australian architects to resemble a large wave, to complement the underwater theme of an aquarium and the maritime theme of Darling Harbor, and it took almost two years to build. The complex of the Great Barrier Reef, inaugurated in October 1998, continues the same theme. The Sydney Aquarium was inaugurated in 1988, during the bicentennial celebrations in Australia, and is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It is considered one of the main tourist attractions of Sydney, with over 55 percent of visitors each year coming from abroad. A crocodile exhibition was added in 2008. In December 1991, the first Seal Sanctuary was opened. Since then, Sydney Aquarium has updated facilities and a new oceanarium to accommodate the seals inaugurated in September 2003. The Seal Sanctuary features Australian sea lions, Australian fur seals, sub-Antarctic seals and New Zealand seals. In this floating oceanarium, seals can be seen below the surface of the water from underwater observation tunnels and from above on an open-air bridge. The Seal Sanctuary is incorporated into the Southern Oceans show, which also includes small penguins, the open Ocean Ocean and the Sydney Harbor screens. In October 1998, the Great Barrier Reef complex was opened, which includes a tropical infinity pool, a live coral cave, a coral atoll, two circular screens and a huge oceanarium on the Great Barrier Reef. Over 6,000 animals are housed in the Oceanarium that contains 2.6 million liters of water pumped from Darling Harbor, filtered and heated before it flows into the Oceanarium and adjacent exhibition tanks. The water is kept at a constant temperature of 25 degrees. The Oceanarium is 33 meters long and 13 meters wide, with a total area of about 370 square meters and a depth of 3.5 meters. The final exhibition is a coral reef theater where you can observe activity in a coral canyon through a window of 7 by 4 meters and 26 inches thick. In 2006, Wild Life Sydney opened next to the Sydney Aquarium, also owned by Merlin Entertainments. On December 20, 2007, the transparent-bottomed boat, or Shark Explorer, began to operate, offering guests a tour of the Great Barrier Reef tank. The seal sanctuary was then renovated and reopened as Dugong Island in December 2008. The island of Dugong is the new permanent home of Pig and Wuru, dugongs that had previously been held at Sea World, Gold Coast. The island of Dugong has observation areas above the water and submarine observation tunnel. Other animals kept in the Oceanarium include a shark ray, shovelnose rays, zebra sharks, eagle rays and dozens of different species of fish.