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kettering, United Kingdom
July 3, 2003
It was strange to see the famous blue bottle jelly fish too! It showed you pictures of what this deadly jelly can do to a human -- it paralyses and can kill you within an hour if you're not treated in time. So you learn as you go along too.
I wouldn't take kids under five years old -- they may get a little scared by the huge sharks. I got some great photos of the sharks -- they looked really scary!
It only took a few hours to walk around and I went alone on an overcast day.
The gift shop is great -- I brought some presents there for my family.
When you walk out of the aquarium, you are in the heart of Darling Harbour and a new area that has trendy bars, cafes, and a brilliant shopping centre too, so you can walk around that area after.
You can get to the aquarium by ferry from Circular Quay, which takes about 10 minutes. You have to go to check out the Pacific sea life -- it's a must for everyone.
From journal Smashing times in Sydney
July 1, 2003
The penguin exhibit is wonderful as what they now call 'little' penguins (the fairie penguins of old) have a very nice place to swim and live. Not the best place in the world for photography, but I tried.
In general this place is handicapped accessible. Very, very little parking for cars. The layout is set up for public transportation. About a 10 minutes walk from the Omni theatre, Maritime Museum and Monorail station.
From journal Australia on Top--Capt. Cook Explorer
February 3, 2002
It was fun in the platypus area where I not only saw one, but read that the first dried platypus specimen sent to Britain in 1798 was believed to be a hoax! They thought that a beak of a duck was stuck onto a small furry mammal! Did you know that the Platypus stores food within it's cheeks like a squirrel?
Below is a little quiz I put together for you from things I learned:
1.) What fish can live out of water, has eyes on top of it's head like a frog, and seems to crawl about?
a) Spotted Unicorn
2.) What carnivorous fish lives in the rivers of Northern Australia and has sharp teeth?
b) Silver Belly
3.) This fish changes it's sex after starting life as a female
a) Old Wife
4.) which fish below injects a poisonous venom into a puncture wound?
a) Old Wife
b) Silky Slider
( answers: b,b,c,a)
Many of the tanks here are built with long glass tunnels where people walk while the fish swim all about making you feel as if you have entered their world ( but remain dry!). The last of these tanks/walks has glass even under your feet where you are literally suspended in the fish world! It made me hope that I wouldn't crash through the glass floor because there was a big fat shark below me! Try to walk lightly!
There are penguin and seal enclosures and a very beautiful jellyfish tank that is mesmerizing to view as they sway and swirl in the unseen currents. It's rather dreamy to watch!
The most awesome tanks are located at the end of your visit. These last rooms are darkened behind you while an entire wall in front of you is the glass tank. Classical music surrounds you as the fish twirl in unison performing a spectacular ballet. I really think the fish KNOW the music because they follow along so very well....and you will enjoy their performance!
From journal On the Rocks with a Splash