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Manchester Sealife Centre Gets Underway

It’s all a bit fishy at the Trafford Centre - all will be ready in about six months

Published on November 22nd 2012.

Manchester Sealife Centre Gets Underway

BACK in September, Merlin Entertainments, announced they will be creating a £6.5 million Sea Life aquarium attraction at TheTrafford Centre. 

Guests will be treated to a fully interactive experience where they can hold a crab or touch a starfish in touch pools whilst also being wowed by a range of creatures unseen in the region before, including sharks, rays, seahorses and jellyfish. 

Things have moved on. The ‘ground-breaking’ for the new tourist asset for the region will take place on Wednesday 5 December.  

The new attraction, which will be the fourteenth Sea Life in the UK, will be situated in a 36,000 square feet site in Barton Square next to Merlin’s Legoland Discovery Centre which opened in March 2009.  

Set to open in late Spring 2013, the aquarium will see tanks filled with over 1 million litres of water and feature over 5,000 creatures, 30 spectacular marine displays and an underwater ocean tunnel.  

Guests will be treated to a fully interactive experience where they can hold a crab or touch a starfish in touch pools whilst also being wowed by a range of creatures unseen in the region before, including sharks, rays, seahorses and jellyfish. 

Aside from being a splendid place to stand and stare at the amazing diversity of the ocean world the centre has a serious side all about education, conservation and rescue - if you've got kids expect school trips. There’ll also be a good deal of breeding go on in those tanks, to help make sure populations of turtles and the like don't become extinct.

Confidential approves. First a nice crowd-pleasing popular culture attraction at the National Football Museum in the city centre, now this at The Trafford Centre. It's good to broaden the tourist offer, drag in the punters. 

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Karen GalstonNovember 23rd 2012.

The wild seahorse is so rare today that it is rarely seen by anyone. The seahorse is now an endangered species protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) so how can they be brought into Britain legally? Merlin Entertainment will no doubt be an american concern so thats ok because they will bring in the shoppers eh? Maybe this needs reporting? They are also under threat from so called Chinese traditional medicine stores which also need closing down in our larger cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, the councils should be carrying out their own checks? They like to use poor seahorses to "treat" sexual ailments, thats how backward they really are. Its all complete bulldust. Undercover spot check investigations by customs officers recently revealed that many of these "medicines" sold contained endangered species parts: tiger penis, rhino horn plus other more obscure ingredients, wild animals all driven to the brink of exctinction just to fuel this outdated trade and touristic angle, the chinese (and us for allowing this to happen under our noses!) have a lot to answer for indeed.

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2012.

Why don't they leave them in the sea? There are plenty of TV shows featuring sea life. People can also choose diving holidays where these creatures can be seen in their natural environment.

November 23rd 2012.

Why do we need another sealife centre? They should be left where they belong in the sea and sea horses are indeed endangered.

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2012.

If they're going to build one at all, why on earth have they chosen the Trafford Centre? Obviously the appeal of a ready built property will be a big player but this should be in the city.

As an aside, I do agree with the poster above. Though I have a suspicion it's 1 poster.

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2012.

whilst seahorses are under threat in Asia, it is totally false to say they have disappeared, only 3 weeks ago whilst diving in the canaries i saw numerous "wild" seahorses. Even here in the UK there are wild seahorses aound our costal waters, people should not believe everything they read in the Daily Mail.

in an ideal world no animal would be held in zoos etc, but the edcuational benifits of a operation like the Sea Life centre definately out weighs the negatives, not everyone has the oprtunity or wish to dive, and seeing some of the wide varity of creatures that are in these places is awe inspiring.

by the way i do not work for this compnay, i just think if done correctly children seeing these creatures close up and live, will help make the next generation even more detirmined to protect all the endangered species around.

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2012.

Reference to the first posters rant against the whole Chinese race, i find it childish and condescending to critisise a whole country for pretty much all the ills of the world.
no country is perfect, and we should look closer to home before we spend our time telling other countries how to behave. i speak to quite a few chinese people through my work, and i feel embarassed having to explain to them, why we have people killing and abusing children on a regular basis, in china anyone caught acting in that way would be executed (a little extreme, but with very low re-offending rates) in the civilised UK its a couple of years rest in a holiday village, sorry i meant jail, then its out to carry on your deviancy.

it is a strange mindset that rants about china, on a topic of a new attraction for manchester that will educate children and bring jobs and visitors to the area?

you can be for the Sealife centre or against it, but whats China got to do with a new attraction in manchester?

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2012.

Just heard today that the rabid headline in several broadsheet newspapers last week saying "only 100 adult cod left in North Sea" was a complete miscalculation by some academic.... the true figure was ... erm... about, roughly... 21 million. Turns out they had adult cod at age 13 or above.... which is about 140 in human years. Environmentalists never let a bit of accuracy ruin a good headline.... kids will learn about wildlife and then start caring about it.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2012.

Simply jealous of the submarium.

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2013.

They breed seahorses along with many other species across the 40something sealife centers across the world, they don't remove them from the ocean. The point in sealife center is to provide educational info on the species kept there, those native to our country and to others around the world.

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