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Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Journey beneath the sea at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Offering a unique mix of indoor and outdoor displays, you can see many creatures from starfish to sharks and pipefish to penguins.
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary offers the following exhibits and attractions:
Meet Barbara, the resident Giant Pacific Octopus at the new Octopus Hideout. The Giant Pacific Octopus is one the smartest sea creatures in the animal kingdom. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size and beauty of Barbara.
The Ocean Tunnel holds 156,000 litres of natural seawater and is home to over 200 amazing different species of fish and reptiles including the majestic Loggerhead Turtle.
Prepare to be amazed as you come face-to-fin with the incredible juvenile Bonnethead Sharks. These amazing creatures are members of the Hammerhead family! There are two in the main Ocean Tunnel swimming around the abandoned Shark Shipwreck.
Blacktip Reef Sharks are found in warm coastal waters around the world! Black Tips are among the most popular sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans because Black Tip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters. They are typical in appearance of how humans imagine a shark to look and can be seen in the big ocean tank.
Bay of Rays
You’ll start your journey through the depths of the ocean in the bay of Rays. Here you will find an assortment of amazing creatures that are native to the UK including Cownose Rays and Pyjama Sharks.
Great Barrier Reef
Prepare to be amazed as you come closer than ever before to amazing colourful assortment of creatures in our Great Barrier Reef exhibit.
Penguin Island officially opened in 2015 and is truly unique. Where else can you learn to waddle with 20 cheeky penguins literally at your feet? See if you can spot all 20 of them.
View the amazing Jellyfish at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Outside you can get up close and personal with the resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Eric and Pumpkin. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats – Peanuts! Otters in the wild have a life expectancy of 8 years. At the time of writing the male, Otter Eric is 15 years old, making him the oldest Otter in the entire SEA LIFE estate. Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all species of Otter. Otters have a vocabulary of a dozen or more calls, including a distress call for when they’re in trouble or need help.
Beach Bites outdoor Adventure Playground
Purchase Doughnuts and Ice Creams at Beach Bites whilst children play on the outdoor playground.
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Yorkshire’s only Seal Hospital. You’ll be able to follow the injured Seals journey from their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild!
Every year at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary they rescue over 50 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into their specialist Seal Hospital.
The Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 5 poorly Seal pups at one time. Each Seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate.
Visit the main Seal Pool and see the five resident Seals – Mando, Bruno, Bubbles, Sherbert and Ed. Each of the five resident
Seals carry their own unique story, attend the Seal talk to find out all about them.
Kingdom of Sea Horses
Weedy Sea Dragons are native to the Australian coastline and are the masters of camouflage. The Big-bellied sea horses long tail contributes to their claim as one of the world’s largest seahorse species. Reaching up to lengths of 30 centimetres, the amazing Big-bellied Seahorse has a long, curly, grasping tail.
Newly added in 2016, learn all about how Turtles lay eggs and nest in the wild. Turtle Beach is a special feature designed to help encourage disabled Loggerhead turtle, to lay eggs as she would in her natural environment. Don’t miss the other amazing species of turtles including, Snake Neck Turtles and Mississippi Map Turtles.
Visitors to the Rockpool exhibit can stroke a starfish, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab.
Admission Prices and Offers
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is part of the Merlin Entertainments group of attractions, meaning that vouchers are regularly available offering 2 for 1 entry. You can also pre-purchase your entry tickets using Tesco Clubcard points. Merlin Annual pass holders get free entry to all the Sea Life centres across the UK in addition to a number of other Merlin attractions.
You can purchase tickets in advance from the offical website and you can also get great value tickets from 365 Tickets.
The attraction often has lots of awesome offers running with Virgin Trains.
Travelling to Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Scarborough at Scalby Mills. Visitors can choose a number of methods to get to the attraction. Located adjacent to the attraction is a pay and display carpark but alternatively, you can walk along the promenade from Scarborough’s North Bay. If you prefer not to walk then you can also take a ride on the miniature railway from Peasholm Park where a number of other family-friendly attractions are also located.
If you are thinking of visiting Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary it may be worth popping into the reception at the nearby Alpamare Waterpark. In the local attractions stand near the entrance they often have vouchers for half price entry to Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary.