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A Sanctuary of Underwater Life

Manly Wharf

Manly is known for its notable coastline, which is undeniably a beautiful attraction to locals and tourists. However, this Northern Beaches’ suburb in Sydney also provides numerous other attractions to travellers. One of them is the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary which is situated near the Manly Wharf, and the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

The former Oceanworld Manly is home to a number of marine species, small and large, colourful and bland, and, weird and attractive.  Although, Manly’s aquatic reserve display area is not as huge as Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour, its species of sharks, stingrays and some fishes are extremely large. It makes visitors speechless and startled once they enter the Shark Harbour, where numerous gigantic sharks abound.

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Like its counterpart in Darling Harbour, guests get a hands-on learning and understanding of the wonders of the sea through its creative and informative short articles one can read on the walls and individual interactive computers beside each exhibit. Children and adults are also given the chance to touch and feel starfishes and other marine species in the Rockpool making interaction closer and personal. For those who wish to be nearer to the massive sharks, the sanctuary also offers the Shark Dive Xtreme where the participant gets to be in close contact with them. Their team of professional divers and conservationists will guide you through this extreme adventure.

Expect lovely Little Penguins strutting and swimming in the Penguin Cove where a number of them are being bred. They will surprise you with how they flip their wings, as if waving to you for attention.

Other interesting species seen in the aquarium were a frogfish that croaks similarly to a frog and the several cuttlefishes which can freely swim backwards and look like squids. Different strange looking but smaller kinds of sharks are also seen.  A stonefish that resembles a rock (Open your eyes wide as some fishes are great in camouflaging their environment inside the aquarium!) is also the most venomous fish worldwide.

In sum, the whole Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is a fun, enjoyable and educational experience for the whole family. Its Breed, Rescue and Protect slogan is relatively important to its advocates and visitors; hence, the sanctuary innovated itself, not just to entertain everyone, but to be involved in the preservation and protection of marine life as well.


2 thoughts on “A Sanctuary of Underwater Life

  1. I can’t express to you how much we ant to come to Australia. So many of my students have studied there and now, with all of your pictures and details… I must get there within the year!

    Posted by Adventures We Seek | July 17, 2012, 6:56 AM

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