A Complete Guide to Sealife London Aquarium
Sea Life London Aquarium Tickets
The beginning of the tour
Sealife London Aquarium
Stingrays and big fishes
What I learned
Starfishes belong in the Asteroidea family. Along with brittle starfishes, they can also belong in the ophiuroids family too. They are not fishes but an echinoderm. There are 2000 species of starfishes in the world, from tropical islands to stony beach areas. Some people have found that there are 20 to 40 arms on some starfishes.
Does the London Aquarium have sharks?
Yes it doesn, it includes sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks and black tip reef sharks.
Sharks and large fishes
What I learned
Green leaves, bamboo sticks, pine wooded walls surround the rainforest and the dark environment felt like you were in the Amazon rainforest. You could also smell fresh leaves as you enter this room.
Here, tiny blue frogs stuck themselves on the window. There were various plants and rocks to make their home comfortable. Among them were millipedes and beetles.
An interactive ranger explained all the different creatures of the forest as we continued the tour. He spoke about their homes and their diets.
Further on, chirping birds, cricket noises and the hooting of the owls could be heard in the background. There weren’t any crickets here though.
Here, you could see leafcutter ants working together to make their home comfortable. Turtles sleeping and staying still, not caring about who watched them and rainforest fishes swimming aimlessly behind the tank. A light sounding roar of waterdrops in the tank could be heard, although no water could be seen.
Dare to touch the piranha fossils. Type in the computer of what you discovered in the rainforest.
In the next room, you are surrounded by different coloured jelly fish neon lights swimming on the floors, the walls and the ceilings, though the environment was still dark. Real jellyfishes and crabs behind aquariums changed colours as the neon lights hit them at the bottom of the tank. Pinks, blues, greens, yellows, changing continuously.
What I learned
There are 200 jellyfish species in the world and they have lived over hundreds of millions of years, way back to the dinosaurs. They stun their prey by stinging them with their tentacles and use them to defend against their predators. Some jellyfishes mature within months, then die after breeding.
Leaf cutter ants are native to South and Central America, Mexico and some parts of the Southern United States. There are 47 species in total and they usually cut leaves to feed fungus in their nest. Ants need to survive on fungus, fungus need to survive on ants and most leaf cutter ants are infertile females working together.
Piranhas are also known as caribe or piraya. There are 60 species of piranhas and all of them have razor toothed mouth. They feed on plant-based diet and can go up to 6cm long. Colours vary incredibly from silver with orange markings to black. You can find them in lakes and rivers in South America, particularly Argentina and Colombia.
The Polar Experience
In the Polar Experience, you are surrounded by white iceberg walls. It felt cold, since the air conditioning was on. There were around 10 penguins swimming in their enclosure, splashing themselves into the deep water of the “Antarctic Ocean”. They can shoot themselves up again up on to land, on the edge of the ice. Their names were given and put up on the walls.
The only difficulty was taking pictures since water covered the glass between us, consequently, it would blur in photos.
Sea Life Aquarium London Information
You can get to Sea life Aquarium by tube. Get off at Westminster Station and walk across Westminster Bridge over the River Thames. There are also several buses that will take you to Southbank and Westminster.
By bus, you can take numbers 12, 53, 59, 76, 148, 159, 211, 341, 211, 77, RV1 and 381.
There is also a car park near the aquarium. You can get 15% discounts through the London Aquarium website if you prebook your parking.
You will see a few rickshaws selling their service to tourists by Westminster Bridge. Personally, it’s not worth the time and they charge you £15 for a ride.
Sea Life Aquarium London is a self-guided tour and takes roughly 2 hours to visit, but spend as much time as you’d like here. Please note that children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
There are usually street performers here. Personally, don’t waste your time with them because you could be spending your time wisely here as well as the other attractions by the Southbank area.
Other attractions worth visiting are Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (although the clock tower is going through a major refurbishment, it’s covered by a blanket right now), Madame Tussauds, Shrek the Experience, London Dungeon, London Eye, the view of the River Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Gellery. Opposite the Tate Gallery, cross the Millennium Bridge, you will end up in Fleet Street where you can see St. Paul’s Cathedral.
At the end of Southbank you will see The Clink Prison Museum, a prison that has been around since the 12th Century. Borough Market, The Golden Hinde Ship that have travelled the world between the 16th Century, Southwark Cathedral, the ruins of one side stoned wall of Winchester Palace and London Bridge Station.
Allow yourself 1 and a half hours here. A lot of people buy tickets to visit Sealife London Aquarium with other attractions nearby. Buy the Fast Track Ticket in the The London Pass website. They offer great VIP benefits and would be much cheaper to buy if you’re spending more than three days here.
Visit during the time when children are at school. School holidays can be busy, especially during Behind the Scenes tour.
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