The S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore is one of the world’s largest aquarium that is more than the fascination of marine life. It not only brings you the history of marine trade, marine archaeology; it also brings you as close as it could possibly get to seeing stunning deep sea creatures that you would only normally see from National Geographic or Animal Planet.
The aquarium started off more like a museum, taking you through Asia’s maritime and trade history. Merchants traveled to different countries during the ancient times, seeking for trade opportunities and at the same time they shaped the local community.
Major ports such as Qui Nhon Port of Vietnam, Malacca Port of Malaysia, Galle Port of Srik Lanka, Calicut Port of India and the Mahindi Port of Swahili Coast in East Africa demonstrated a diversity of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam that were introduced to the country via trade. Many languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Chinese and Siamese became rooted in foreign countries via trade too.
The next gallery was the exhibition of artifacts from the sunken baku ship. The artifacts were found through maritime archaeology. I never realized that there are just as many people digging into the sea as there to people digging into tombs and soils.
Most people just quickly browse through the exhibition to get to the next part – the water tunnels ! The ship wreckage theme followed through with broken ceramics and sea creatures swimming freely everywhere, around you, next to you and above you. The tunnels were amazing, but wait till you get to the “Open Ocean”, viewed from the world’s largest viewing panel made with a chunky piece of acrylic at 70 cm thick. You. Will. Be. Blown. Away.
It was not just astonishingly unbelievable; it was fascinating. People just sat around, chilled with the fish, enjoyed the company of the elegant manta rays and watched the interactions of different sea creatures that I have no idea about their names but still admired them all the same. I mean, this section of the S.E.A. Aquarium is called the “Open Ocean”, and literally, an open ocean was right in front of my face.
It was the most incredible to watch the formation of schools of fish. They always knew which direction the school was heading to, turning their heads and bodies in unison. Sometimes the school broke apart heading to different directions, only to be joined together again shortly, always staying together. I was overwhelmed.
The “Ocean Journey” was yet another splendid section in the S.E.A. Aquarium with massive cylindrical aquariums, dancing jelly fish and dolphins.
The cylindrical aquariums were filled with a myriad of stunning colors I actually thought about that “Under the Sea” song from Little Mermaid !
These little guys are so cute !
Some tanks were not as colorful; the fish were even somewhat fierce-looking, but none the less still intriguing.
The seemingly smiling dolphins might just have the awareness that they were being watched; putting up a show for the humans. Sometimes they swam closely to the tank, sometimes they swam belly-up and sometimes taking a leap out of the water and diving back in again. Entertainers they were !
The last water tunnel at the aquarium was the “Shark Seas” – a tunnel of wilderness. Ferocious-looking aren’t they ?
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