December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Paul Christian, Chief reporter
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
AN underwater wonderland awaits visitors to the Sea Life London Aquarium.
The attraction, just a short rail trip from Times Territory features rays, sharks, penguins and turtles as well as a plethora of other piscine pleasures to peruse.
The entrance to the South Bank aquarium features a death-defying walk across a glass floor with sinister-looking sharks slinking effortlessly below.
As a big fan of ‘extreme angler’ Jeremy Wade’s ‘River Monsters’ show, I was in my element in a new and exciting Amazon Rainforest section of the sizeable sub-aqua emporium.
As I wandered around the simulated rainforest floor I espied familiar fishy faces from the cult ITV programme, which included the misunderstood red-bellied piranha, powerful red-tailed catfish and monstrous black pacu – fridge-sized beasts, which have been dubbed ‘ballcutters’ after a series of gruesome reports of attacks on male swimmers’ nether regions.
Other denizens of the deep which amazed and delighted myself and the other visitors were; snapping turtles, jellyfish, black-tip reef and sand tiger sharks and colourful lionfish.
Visitors can also walk through an all-encapsulating tunnel with sharks, rays and other tropical fish swimming just inches above them.
Also on display was a stunning angel shark, which ghosted around its huge tank with ease, majestically sliding up the walls and along the bottom of a massive Easter Island carved head centrepiece.
Away from the fearsome fish, children and their parents, who were transported back to child-like wonder, cooed over the acrobatic penguins in the chilly Antarctic section.
The cliché that a place is a great day out for all the family is often applied to attractions, but in the case of the Sea Life London Aquarium that really is the case.
It was a fascinating delight, which I would massively recommend.
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