Published on September 29th, 2013 | by admin
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium … introducing Pinjarra the Mega Croc!
Summary: With just one more week left of the School Holidays in Victoria, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is the perfect destination to take your family or friends to witness some amazing underwater life, including those that call land their home as well.
Located at the corner of King and Flinders Streets in Melbourne, the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is the perfect place for a day out which boasts over 10,000 amazing creatures from sharks to seahorses and even penguins. With 12 themed areas at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, it is truly an interactive experience that allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of these creatures. Although we have visited the Aquarium before, our main goal was to visit Pinjarra, a 5 metre long and 750 kilogram crocodile that is the largest in captivity.
It’s literally a walking dinosaur!
As you enter the Melbourne Aquarium, the friendly staff will take your picture and work their Photoshop magic on you that at the end of your visit, you can purchase a variety of photos (or a booklet with animal information included) of you posing with seahorses, penguins or walking down the ocean explorer. Once inside the exhibition, you are then treated to a variety of creatures from stingrays, clown fisk (aka Nemo), sharks, frogs and even turtles as you explore this wondrous aquarium.
The aquarium as mentioned is broken down into the following themes;
- Breed Rescue Protect Introduction
- Bay of Rays
- Rockpools and Mangrove Swamps
- Coral Caves and Jellies
- Shipwreck Explorer
- Mermaid Garden
- Ocean Explorer
- Croc Lair
- Coral Atoll
- Rainforest Adventure
- Seahorse Pier
- Conservation Cove &
- Penguin Parade
The best part of the Melbourne Aquarium is the diverse amount of wildlife that you can see, especially the Mermaid Garden that has giant gold mermaid statues underwater as various sea life call them home. Another highlight are the talks held by the staff of the Aquarium that gives you a very interesting insight into these creatures, especially highlighting the plight of sharks, turtles and seahorse. There are also little interactive areas, including domes where you poke your head through which almost makes you feel like you are underwater.
Then you come across Pinjarra, a huge 5 metre long crocodile that apparently has a bad attitude but thankfully visitors can still come face to face with him via the safety of hardened acrylic that is 260mm thick.
Seeing Pinjarra move around his pen is a very impressive sight, especially as he dives below the water. Pinjarra originally comes from a crocodile farm in Queensland after being stranded on a cattle farm. From there, he spent 25 years with three female crocodiles breeding and unfortunately due to his size, he became too large to have a new harem.
Before leaving Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, the Penguin Parade is the last destination of your visit which features the largest collection of penguins in Australia. These King Penguins will entertain visitors as they huddle around their eggs, eat fish, walk around their icy enclosure and even swim in their giant pool.
With just one more week left of the School Holidays in Victoria, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is the perfect destination to take your family or friends to witness some amazing underwater life, including those that call land their home as well. It’s definitely hard to have a favourite exhibition as there are so many creatures in the aquarium. So do yourself a favour and check it out!
For more information, please visit http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/