SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium reopened yesterday following a nine-month AU$10 million overhaul.
Half the budget was spent on the new 100 metre walk-through tunnel which takes visitors through the jaws of ‘Shark Valley’, home to 50 predators.
Celebrating its status as one of the world’s largest aquariums – with over 70 exhibits of 700 different species and 13,000 animals in eight million litres of water – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium will also become home to the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays, as well as Australia’s most famed marine animals, including the iconic platypus, Little Penguins, and the dugongs.
Following a meticulous and large-scale animal re-homing mission – which saw over 300 animals transitioned to temporary homes – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium aquarists today welcomed their residents back home with an inaugural feed.
Jade McKellar, Head of Merlin Sydney, commented: “The transition from Sydney Aquarium to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has been a labour of love for nine months.
The journey has seen everything from the re-homing of over 300 marine animals to the meticulous construction of a 20 metre Blue Whale skeleton, and I speak on behalf of the team when I say we are extremely proud to be sharing what is an absolute world class aquarium experience with both our loyal and new visitors.”