We’ve been to the Birmingham Sea Life Centre many times now, as well as the mini one at Alton Towers, and the London one, and really enjoyed them all. Earlier this year we also got to visit the Sea Life Sanctuary Scarborough with our Merlin Annual Passes which is actually quite a different experience from the others.
We were in Whitby earlier in the year, and got the chance to visit the Sea Life Sanctuary Scarborough for the day with some family and had a really lovely time despite the freezing temperatures of that time of year by the English seaside!
We had a great family day out with our Merlin Annual Passes – here are 4 things we particularly loved about the Sea Life Sanctuary Scarborough.
The seal rehabilitation area
The Sealife Sanctuary has lots of things to look at outside, including the important seal rehabilitation area which I think is great. It’s pretty sad looking in the rooms with the poorly seals in, on their lonesome, and reading about what has happened to them, but I love that they do that here and do what they can to nurse them back to health and release them again if possible.
The Sealife Sanctuary has a BREED, RESCUE, PROTECT programme – a system of care and best-practice animal husbandry that draws on decades of collective experience from marine biologists.
They work with The Sea Life Trust, to develop and support projects that protect marine wildlife and habitats across the world. Working with Sea Life allows the Trust to reach a huge audience with the key messages about its areas of focus: marine protected areas, sustainable seafood, plastic pollution, and improved protection for sharks, seahorses, turtles and marine mammals.
Last year they raised over £300,000 globally to support the Trust’s projects and partner organisations, protecting sharks, rays, turtles, whales, dolphins, seahorses, otters, penguins and many other creatures. I love that they are passionate about this and that the care and protection of animals is a priority for them.
The park area
The kids really enjoyed playing on the little park area here and we went back to it a few times. Little ones can sometimes lose interest in walking around looking at things for ages, so it’s great that they can burn off some of their energy for a bit here.
I love otters. I find them so adorable and love watching them running about together with their family.
The sharks and rays, and feeding them
We spent ages at this bit near the start and the kids really enjoyed it. We listened to a talk from a staff member about sealife and sharks that was really interesting and then we got to drop some food in for them if we wanted to. We tried to get a shark to come up close to us and take some food, but they kept changing their minds at the last minute! The kids enjoyed being picked up and seeing the sea creatures from above, and I really love watching the rays glide beautifully through the water. You can also see into the tank from the sides as well which is great for the kids and they had fun peering through the glass and pointing sharks and rays out.
An extra one!
The Octopus Hideout wasn’t there when we visited, but it sounds like lots of fun..
“Prepare to be grabbed eight times at once, at our new feature, Octopus Hideout. You’ll be able to get closer than ever before to some of the world’s most intelligent sea creatures, marvel at the incredible colour changing Cuttlefish and meet the Nautilus whose features haven’t changed for over 200 million years!
Come and meet Barbara, our resident Giant Pacific Octopus, which is one the smartest sea creatures in the animal kingdom. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size and beauty of Babs, as she settles in to her new home.
Did you know?: The Giant Pacific Octopus and the Common Octopus are two of the smartest creatures in the marine world, both able to solve puzzles and negotiate complex mazes. There was even a case of a Common Octopus in Germany using a carefully aimed jet of water to fuse a particular light bulb it was unhappy with… not once, but three times!
There will be lots of fun Octopus themed activities for the whole family to get involved in such as Octopus Brain Training, so pre-book your tickets today to join along and test your skills.”
We filmed a little video of our time away in Whitby, so our day at the Sealife Sanctuary featured quite a bit in it if you’d like to see.
The Sealife Sanctuary, Scarborough is a brilliant family day out close to the centre of Scarborough, and we really enjoyed our family day out there.
You can get tickets for the Sealife Sanctuary Scarborough or sign up for a brilliant Merlin Annual Pass here.
Merlin Annual Pass Summer Sale!!
The big summer sale is now on – you can get a Merlin Annual Pass for the fantastic price of just £119 per person! Enjoy access to 32 top attractions across the UK, and have a fantastic year of fun with your family, making brilliant memories.
Keep the whole family entertained and excited on an escape to Alton Towers Resort, home to some of the world’s most iconic rollercoasters. In tots’ favourite CBeebies Land, new additions for 2017 include a live and interactive show hosted by the fuzzy puppets from The Furchester Hotel and the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride which little thrill seekers will love. What’s more, families can extend their trip with a stay at the ALL new CBeebies Hotel!
Go in search of the wart-nosed woodland dweller, The Gruffalo, at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and seek out the popular children’s character on the all new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, a twisting and turning lazy river tour that will excite all ages! At SEA LIFE Centres across the UK, future marine biologists can explore the wonders of the ocean and come face to flipper, fin and tentacle with Gentoo penguins, giant sea turtles, sharks, rays and octopuses. Start your ninja training at the all new LEGO® NINJAGO® World at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.
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