Sea Life Centres
Sea Life Centres are a chain of commercial sealife-themed attractions. At the end of 2013 there will be 51 centres located around the world, with another 2 or 3 under construction. The chain is owned by the British company, Merlin Entertainments, the worlds second largest attraction operator.
Sea Life Centres are billed as a "friendly and authoritative guide to the last great frontier...the seas and oceans of the world and their myriad mysterious and amazing inhabitants."
Each centre combines modern display technology, biological expertise, and entertainment to provide themed journeys through European and tropical waters. This often provides close encounters with sealife, from shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.
Sea Life Centres also claim to champion the cause of marine conservation through education, awareness and, wherever possible, direct action.
Sea Life Sanctuaries and Seal Sanctuaries operate from three centres in the United Kingdom as well as one location in Australia. The United Kingdom locations include the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall; the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk; and the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Oban. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (formerly Oceanworld Manly) operates in Australia. The Hunstanton facility operates otter and penguin sanctuaries as well as a seal hospital.
Since 2001 all Sea Life Centre conservation, rescue, and campaigning work has come under the SOS scheme, an acronym for Save Our Seas.
SOS supports the work of wildlife charities and campaign groups including Greenpeace, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Each centre also has a headline campaign which changes periodically and which in the past have called for increased protection for Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and restrictions on the practice of shark-finning.
- Sea Life London Aquarium, Central London
- Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Hunstanton
- National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
- Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
- Brighton - opened 30th March 1872
- Great Yarmouth
- Trafford Centre, Manchester - opened 6th June 2013
British Theme Park Resorts:
- Sea Life Chessington, Chessington World Of Adventures (Opened March 2008)
- 'Sharkbait Reef' by Sea Life, Alton Towers (Opened March 2009)
- Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Legoland Windsor (Opened 20 May 2011)
- Cuxhaven (Opened Summer 2008, previous location Dresden)
- Oberhausen - home of Paul, the psychic octopus who predicted the German national football team's results, until his death in October 2010.
- Timmendorfer Strand
Rest of Europe
- Blankenberge, Belgium
- Bray, Ireland
- Helsinki, Finland
- Val d'Europe, Paris, France
- The Hague, Netherlands
- Sea Life Centre Benalmádena, Benalmádena, Spain
- Sea Life Centre Porto, Porto, Portugal
- Sea Life Jesolo, Jesolo,Italy
- Sea Life Roma, Rome, Italy (open 2013)
- Legoland Atlantis by Sea Life, Billund, Denmark
- Legoland Atlantis by Sea Life, Germany
- Gardaland Sea Life, Italy
- Tempe, Arizona
- Bloomington, Minnesota
- Grapevine, Texas
- Kansas City
- Concord, North Carolina (open 2014)
- Orlando, Florida (due to open 2013/14)
- Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland, New Zealand (opening as a Sea Life Centre in September 2012)
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