New Jersey’s “City Under the Sea” SEA LIFE Aquarium is preparing to open by welcoming nearly 100 species and over 3,000 creatures.
Over the last several months, SEA LIFE New Jersey has welcomed thousands of creatures to it’s “City Under the Sea” themed aquarium, from piranhas to jellyfish. The highly choreographed fish arrival process involved curating species from all over the world, arranging for their safe transport, coordinating a seamless arrival, and ensuring a supportive acclimation process.
SEA LIFE New Jersey’s unique “City Under the Sea” will feature 10 New York City and New Jersey inspired exhibits. Notable arrivals include red bellied piranha in the “Urban Jungle,” a giant Pacific octopus featured in one of the several underwater window displays in “Sharks Fish Avenue,” graceful seahorses at the “Water Ballet,” and moon jellies at “Jellies 54.”
The aquarium’s leading exhibit is the 186,000-gallon ocean tank, which is home to more than 1,000 creatures including seven species of sharks, four species of stingrays, and 40 additional species of tropical fish. The ocean tank features New Jersey’s first underwater tunnel with panoramic views of ‘fishified’ Manhattan landmarks, providing guests with a truly immersive and spectacular experience.
Once the creatures have safely arrived, the dedicated SEA LIFE animal care team focus on the supportive acclimation process, which means continuous monitoring of the health of each creature, including creating personalized schedules based on individual animal behavior for the optimal health and welfare of each creature.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the Grand Opening of both New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey on May 4. Welcoming our amazing sea creatures over the last few months has been an exciting process and we can’t wait to entertain and educate our guests about the ocean, its inhabitants, and future preservation of our world oceans.”Camille DePascale General Manager, SEA LIFE New Jersey
Also due to open on 4th May, LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey will offer fantastic fun, highly interactive, and educational experiences for families with children ages 3-10. The Center will feature a range of LEGO play experiences including a LEGO themed train ride, 4D cinema, LEGO building classes hosted by the Master Model Builder, Miniland (a LEGO re-creation of New Jersey and New York City landmarks), plus several themed interactive build and play zones.
Taking extra precautions for health and safety, both attractions will follow government mandated COVID prevention regulations for indoor attractions when opening and have implemented enhanced physical distancing measures, temperature monitoring of staff and guests, LEGO bricks just for families to use during playtimes, and stringent cleaning protocols following the guidance of local and national health officials.