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Published October 18th 2012
Find out what lurks beneath
Tourist attractions are great for locals. But they can get a bit ho hum when nothing changes from year to year. So it is always great when there is a significant overhaul which gives a new lease of life to a tired old attraction.
Such is the case with the Sydney Aquarium which has just relaunched itself as Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and was reopened to the public on the 25th of September 2012.
It is the result of a nine-months and a $10 million overhaul which has included a meticulous and large-scale animal re-settlement program, which saw over 300 animals transitioned to temporary quarters while their tanks were being renovated. The aquarists have now placed them carefully back in their new quarters.
Aquarist carefully takes sea creature back to its home
The highlight of the rebuilding is a $5 million ocean tunnel walk-through the ominously called Shark Valley. This 100 metres of ocean-tunnel walkway means visitors can walk perilously close to sharks. In fact, you are just above a school of over 50 sharks, including Grey Nurse and Lemon Sharks as well as Wobbegong and Port Jackson Sharks.
Turning the tap on a new exhibit - Shark Valley with real whale skeleton
It is enough to make anyone shudder. Shark Valley is dominated by a 20 metre Blue Whale skeleton, which has been carefully pieced together and looks formidable plus an authentic and sinister looking set of ruins known as the Lost City Temple. Very Raiders of the Lost Ark style - although in this case a submerged ark.
The sharks and the rays glide amongst the rocks through this spooky world.
There are also 13 other newly-themed areas, including the , Discovery Rockpool, Tropical Bay of Rays. Swamps, South Coast Shipwreck and Dugong Island. Those dugongs are so cuddly and cute.