When the Sea Life Centre opened in Birmingham, way back in 1996, we were some of the first visitors. I remember queueing with my eldest two, who were then aged seven and eight years, for over an hour just to get in.
Eldest Daughter has not been back for many years and fancied going this week, so we did, taking Star with us.
I've visited the Sea Life Centre many times over the years. Last year we went to the one in Blackpool. A couple of years ago we went with friends to the Birmingham one. Although the set up has remained relatively the same, I do like the way they add new features and animals to keep it interesting and fresh. Mind you, with the ocean tunnel I would never get bored, I could spend all day in there watching the sea creatures swimming about. This year I fell in love with the giant green turtle.
This photo was taken with my phone near the glass, there is no enlarging of the photo or cropping, this is exactly how close he was. Not a perfect picture, but isn't he beautiful. His name is Molaki and he's 37 years old which is relatively young for a giant green turtle, he weighs over 20 stone!
I also have a video which I will be uploading and sharing later.
A new feature at the Sealife Centre is the Underwater Ice Adventure and the adorable Gentoo Penguins. They arrived earlier this year, back in March and I can't believe I waited so long to see them.
When they arrived my local Cake Shop, Love Cake Supplies, made this gorgeous cake for them.
|photo CC Birmingham Sea Life Centre and Love Cake Supllies|
Seeing how much I love baking and cakes it would be a tough choice for me to choose which is better, real penguins or cake penguins. What do you think? Oh, and if you like baking and live in Birmingham do check out Love Cake Supplies.
Here are some more lovely Gentoo Penguins. They really knew how to put on a show. I loved that you could see them both above and below water.
Then there were the jellyfish in their cylindrical tanks lit with changing colours. The entire room was absolutely mesmerising.
Of course, there are also the fish, lots of them.
And sharks, starfish, seahorses, rays and many many other creatures.
Star managed to complete all the stamps in her little book and received a medal at the end of our trip.
I do love the Sea Life Centre and I'm sure I'll be visiting again soon.
Linking up with Coombe Mill Country Kids.
N.B We paid for entry ourselves, but we had deal from a car park ticket. You can also get tickets from using Tesco Boost rewards which is what I plan to do next visit. Love Cake Supplies have not asked me to mention them. I'm doing it because I love their shop and their work.