Sea Life Centres
Sea Life Centres are a chain of commercial sealife-themed attractions. As of December 2013[update] there were about 50 centres located around the world, with others under construction. The chain is owned by the British company, Merlin Entertainments.
Sea Life Centres aim to combine 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. Past campaigns have advocated increased protection for loggerhead sea turtles, and restrictions on the practice of shark finning.
Centres are located in Germany at Berlin, Cuxhaven, Königswinter, Konstanz, Munich, Nuremberg, Speyer, Timmendorfer Strand, and Hanover. The largest Sea Life Centre of Germany is at the CentrO park in Oberhausen - it was the home of Paul, the psychic octopus who correclty predicted the German national football team's results at the world cup of 2010, until his death in October 2010.
- Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, North Yorkshire
- Sea Life London Aquarium, Central London
- Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Hunstanton
- National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
- Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
- Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Barcaldine near Oban
Sea Life Centres at resort theme parks:
- Chessington Sea Life Centre at Chessington Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures Resort
- Sharkbait Reef at Alton Towers Theme Park, Alton Towers Resort
- Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Legoland Windsor Resort
Other European Sea Life Centres are at Blankenberge, Belgium; Bray, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; Val d'Europe, Paris, France; The Hague, Netherlands; Benalmádena, Spain; Porto, Portugal; and Jesolo, Italy.
Centres are located at Tempe, Arizona; Bloomington, Minnesota; Grapevine, Texas; Kansas City; Concord, North Carolina, Auburn Hills, Michigan; and newly opened at Orlando, Florida. There is a related 'theme park' at Carlsbad, California, at Legoland California Resort.
In November 2015, Merlin Entertainments announced that over the next 10 years it will be investing £50 million in India, some of which will be used to open Sea Life Centres.
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