Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located at Darling Harbour, alongside Madame Tussads Sydney and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. We bought a voucher for the tickets from RAA because we get 10% off as members and have the option of getting a full refund if we should end up not using it.
Pig and Wuru, the dugongs at Dugong Island at the aquarium are the only dugongs on display in Australia. I was surprised to learn that dugongs were the animals that were mistaken as mermaids in olden days because they are not beautiful or shaped like mermaids. Instead they are slow moving and can be described as blubbery. However they are not ugly, I find them gentle and likeable, much like a plush toy. The other surprising fact about this large creature is that it is herbivorous. In the wild, they only eat seagrasses. At the aquarium, they were fed lettuce because the nutrient contents of lettuce are the closest to that of seagrasses. Harvesting of seagrasses is prohibited because they are an important part of the marine ecosystem.
The Bay of Rays exhibits many species of rays, the notable ones being the Whitespotted Eagle Ray, Blue Spotted Stingray, Shark Ray and Shovelnose Ray. The rays looked majestic as they swam through the water as though they were flying. However they were a bit tricky to photograph as they swam surprisingly fast. There was also a shark exhibit with a good variety of sharks; the ones that were displayed included the Blacktip Reef Shark, the Wobbegong and Port Jackson Shark.
The Great Barrier Reef exhibit showed fishes that can be typically seen at the coral reef with the same name. It featured both fishes that will likely be recognisable to those that have seen the film, Finding Nemo, and a few that only those with a deep interest in tropical marine fish may be familiar with. They were all very colourful and gave a sense of serenity as they swam through the water.