Yesterday we were invited to an exclusive preview of the new Manchester Sea Life opening next week on 6th June. Having previously visited the Birmingham Sea Life a couple of years ago, we were looking forward to seeing what the latest new aquarium had in store.
I took along my hubby, Little Mr and our 5 year old nephew and we were all pleasantly surprised. Upon arrival we were treated to a projection show at ‘Turtle Beach’ which highlighted the journey of the turtles across the world. We then began our walk around Sea Life and began to discover some amazing creatures. As you would expect there is an underwater tunnel which is an brilliant experience to walk through. The tunnel really gets you into the deep as you get up close to the many varieties of fish and plant life that you’d find underwater. You can get interactive at the touch pools and touch a crab or a starfish, although we didn’t spot a starfish we did brave touching the crab!
Our favourite creatures included Ernie the Turtle, the Blue Spotted Stingray, the Black Tip Reef Shark and the Lionfish. There is lots to read and discover as there are many child friendly signs explaining what the creatures are and where they can be found in the world. Sea Life are also keen to promote their conservation work using their 3 pronged approach of breed, rescue and protect ensuring that whilst the creatures are on show to the public they are being well looked after and their best interests are being protected.
Photograph of Ernie, courtesy of Manchester Sea Life
One fantastic new feature at the Manchester Sea Life is the Sea Trek where visitors can get the chance to enjoy a sea bed walk in the 11.5 feet deep ocean tank. Visitors get to wear a special dive suit and a waterproof helmet and then they’re lowered into the tank for the experience of a lifetime. You can read more here. Definitely an experience for the fish fanatics out there and one that I will never personally do. Did I tell you I had a phobia of fish?
The Sea Life wasn’t 100% complete so we didn’t get chance to use the soft play area or have a look at the gift shop but overall, we enjoyed our afternoon at Manchester Sea Life and would recommend it to anyone with children who live in the North West of England. Special thanks to Blogs Up North for allowing us to chance to look round.
Disclaimer: We were given free admission to Sea Life for this review. All words and images (where stated) are my own.