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Sea Life - Great Yarmouth

Name: Sea Life Great Yarmouth

Website: https://www.visitsealife.com/great-yarmouth/

Type: Tourist Attraction / Conservation

Country: England

State/Province/County: Norfolk

City/Town/Village: Great Yarmouth

Opening times: See website

Entry fee: See website

Parking available: Yes

Parking fee: Varies/Free between Oct - March

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH

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On Friday, 27th December 2019 I visited my first tourist attraction as part of my #roadtrip4charity project.


Having spent the first 28 years of my existence in Durban, South Africa I've always had a passion for the sea and the life it contains. As a surfer, I had heard many stories of shark attacks along the Kwazulu Natal coastline and my fascination with sharks and marine life began.


So it was with great excitement that I visited Sea Life Great Yarmouth on invitation by the Operations Manager, Kieran.


I'm not a fan of captivity however, I do understand the need for conservation and Sea Life Great Yarmouth undertake several causes, more of which are listed below.





The centre


Being the 27th December, winter, Great Yarmouth was pretty deserted. I've only been to Great Yarmouth during the summer and it is absolutely ridiculously packed! So if you are not a fan of crowds, and can tolerate the colder weathers, visiting in the winter should be considered.


Given this general quietness, the centre itself was also very quiet visitor wise. This may not have been ideal for the centre themselves, however from a selfish point of view, did let me explore the centre without too much interference from photobombers.


The centre itself is not massive however what it lacks in size is certainly made up for with very friendly staff and a great variety of sea life on show.


Zones at the centre include Penguins, Under the Ray-Dar, Jelly Invaders, Pirate Reef, Crocodile Enclosure, Tropical Ocean Display, Rockpool, Ocean Tunnel and Breed Rescue Protect.


The Penguins

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Penguin feeding at Sea Life Great Yarmouth

I arrived just in time to see the Humboldt penguins feeding and talk. Unfortunately no happy feet in sight however I did spot a pickpocket on the scene. The chap in the above image standing next to the container of fish! He/She kept knicking the fish from the container and throwing them into the water.


Humboldt penguins are an endangered species and were absolutely fascinating to watch. Spend a while just watching these lovelies and you'll see many personalities!


Jellyfish

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Jellyfish

Another of my personal favs that I could sit and watch forever!


Moon jellyfish are simply fascinating to watch as they elegantly move through the water. Also one of the most difficult things to photograph in an aquarium setting due to their translucent nature.


Clownfish

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Clownfish at Sea Life Great Yarmouth

The Jack Russell's of the reefs!


I used to have a 10ft x 3ft x 3ft aquarium in my home some years ago. I used to sit for hours and just watch the relationship between my clownfish and the anemones in the tank.


I introduced the anemones before the clownfish and was, therefore, able to watch as the clownfish would bring the anemone food at every feeding time. How initially the clownfish was not able to enter the tentacles of the anemone but over a period of a week or two the symbiotic relationship was formed and the anemone provided protection to the clownfish in exchange for nutrients provided by the clownfish.


Having established this relationship, and with the assurance of a 'safe hideout', the clownfish were soon off being nuisances to other fish in the tank, quickly retreating back to their anemone should any of the other fish square up!


My conclusion

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Sea Life Great Yarmouth

Whilst the centre is small, it does provide a great educational experience for anyone interested in sea life. With a good selection of fish and animals to keep both youngsters and adults occupied for a few hours.


For the best experience, I'd certainly recommend you plan your visit to incorporate as many of the talks and feeds as possible.


The centre and tanks were very clean and well maintained.

The staff were very friendly and happy to answer any questions posed to them.


There is a soft play area in the attached restaurant as well as the hands-on experience at the rockpool where kids and adults alike have the opportunity to touch a starfis