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Day and Night at SEA LIFE Brighton

Aquarium launches £2.7 million new attraction

SEA LIFE Brighton, the oldest operating aquarium in the world, is proud to announce the launch of a state of the art new attraction Day & Night, which will open its doors to the public in May after a £2.7 million renovation. The first of its kind in the UK, Day & Night offers visitors the chance to experience the 24-hour wonder of a coral reef as it transitions through the day.

Day & Night will showcase the UK’s largest collection of sharks and rays in the UK along with a plethora of fascinating marine life in both a day and a nocturnal environment. Home to over 840 stunning sea creatures, the impressive 700,000 litre display will house: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Honeycomb Stingrays and Fantail Sting Rays amongst many other spectacular reef dwellers.

An Ocean Tunnel will take you on an immersive journey - from the brightly lit, bustling daytime reef to the mystery of the reef by night, creating a sensation that you are diving through the swaying corals as the turtles, rays and jewel coloured reef fish glide past just inches from your fingertips.

Check out the "making of" time lapse below showing the Ocean tunnel.

A huge 5 metre-viewing screen offers a window onto the world of the reef by day. Breath-taking coral outcrops provide a backdrop to a stunning array of colourful turtles and reef fish such as Sweetlips, Sailfin Snappers, Butterflyfish and Clown Triggerfish.

By night, the atmosphere of the ocean changes dramatically as nocturnal creatures such as Popsicle Squirrelfish and Nurse Sharks emerge from their slumber bringing in a new dynamic to the spectacle. Submerged caves and hidden corners of the reef reveal the mysteries of the ocean under darkness and the secrets lurking within, while bioluminescent soft corals exude their mysterious glow.

SEA LIFE Brighton’s much loved turtles, Lulu and Gulliver, will also be returning to the centre to take up residence in the new attraction. Experts have aged the turtles at approximately 80 years old, so they are believed to be the oldest captive Sea Turtles in the UK. Lulu and Gulliver have been taking a well-earned holiday in temporary SEA LIFE homes while the new attraction has been under construction, providing the perfect retirement home for the couple when they return.

June 2019

SEA LIFE Brighton new attraction
SEA LIFE Day & Night
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