Journey beneath the sea at SEA LIFE Scarborough. Offering a unique mix of indoor and outdoor displays, you can see many creatures from starfish to sharks and pipefish to penguins.
Exhibits and Attractions at SEA LIFE Scarborough
There’s lots to do and see at SEA LIFE Scarborough, with one of the highlights being the Ocean Tunnel.
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.
Meet Barbara, the resident Giant Pacific Octopus at the Octopus Hideout. The Giant Pacific Octopus is one of 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.
Great Barrier Reef
Come closer than ever before to the amazing colourful assortment of creatures in the Great Barrier Reef exhibit.
Penguin Island 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 SEA LIFE Scarborough.
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 cream 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 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.
Learn how Turtles lay eggs and nest in the wild at Turtle Beach, a special feature designed to help encourage disabled Loggerhead turtles, to lay eggs as they would in their 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
SEA LIFE Scarborough is part of the Merlin Entertainments group of attractions, meaning that vouchers are regularly available offering 2 for 1 entry. Purchase your tickets from The Official Sealife Website or view our SEA LIFE offers page for the latest Discounts and Special offers. 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.
Travelling to SEA LIFE Scarborough
SEA LIFE Scarborough is located on the outskirts of Scarborough at Scalby Mills. Visitors can choose a number of methods to get to the attraction. A pay and display carpark is located adjacent to the attraction 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 SEA LIFE Scarborough 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 SEA LIFE Scarborough.
Travelling by Train
You can access SEA LIFE Scarborough easily by catching a train to Scarborough Train Station. Once at the train station you can either jump in a station taxi or catch the 3A bus from directly outside the station which will bring you to the centre.
Travelling by Coach
If you would like to travel by coach we recommend that you try National Express.
If you prefer self-catering, take a look at some of the wonderful cottages available from Snaptrip.
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