AN­I­MALS ON THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCENE: An­i­mal Scene man­ag­ing ed­i­tor JEF­FREY LIM takes you on a vir­tual tour of one of Bangkok’s best sea an­i­mal-themed at­trac­tions

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - Text and pho­tos by JEF­FREY C. LIM

On our re­cent trip to Bangkok to ex­plore the var­i­ous fish farms there, we also took a side trip to see Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. Sea Life is the num­ber one aquar­ium brand in the world, with parks across Europe, the USA, Aus­tralia, and Asia, and per­haps their most fa­mous at­trac­tions are their Le­goland theme parks in Ger­many, Den­mark, and the UK.

In­stead of cap­tur­ing marine spec­i­mens for their aquar­i­ums, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (and its sis­ter aquar­i­ums across the world) in­stead res­cue al­ready cap­tive or in­jured crea­tures and nurse them back to health. Their ex­hibits, such as the Rocky Hide­out for gi­ant spi­der crabs and gi­ant oc­topi, are cre­ated based on com­pat­i­ble species.

Other themed zones at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World in­clude the Shark Walk, where you cross a clear walk­way right above the sharks; the Co­ral Reef, Sea­horse King­dom, and Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est, which im­merse you in those kinds of en­vi­ron­ments; the Rock Pools and Rocky Shore, which can be ex­plored; the Trop­i­cal Ocean and Ocean Tun­nel, where you can in­ter­act with their divers and see en­dan­gered species be­ing con­served; the Shark Ship­wreck, which show­cases a real sunken ship; and a Jel­lies dis­play fea­tur­ing jel­ly­fish.

Our guide said that their ob­jec­tive was to pro­vide the ex­pe­ri­ence of fun learn­ing to chil­dren and adults alike, and that they work to con­serve us­ing the strat­egy of “breed, res­cue, and pro­tect.” They take pride in work­ing with hun­dreds of marine bi­ol­o­gists, aquar­ists, and other sup­port staff at their aquar­i­ums across the world, and with marine and spe­cial­ists or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Whale and Dol­phin Con­ser­va­tion, Earth Sea and Sky, the Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, and The Sea­horse Trust. The ul­ti­mate goal is to “in­spire all vis­i­tors to care and have an ac­tive in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing the marine en­vi­ron­ment.” Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is at the B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thai­land. You can visit www.seal­ifebangkok.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Co­ral reef

Gi­ant spi­der crab

Nau­tilus

Gi­ant gourami

Won­der­ing what this is? It’s an ax­olotl.

Ori­en­tal Small-clawed ot­ter

Spot­ted gar­den eel

Big-belly sea­horse

Horse­shoe crab

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