2,000 new reasons to visit Sea-Life Adventure

Southend Standard: 2,000 new reasons to visit Souhend's Sea-Life Adventure 2,000 new reasons to visit Souhend's Sea-Life Adventure

THERE are now 2000 new reasons to pay a visit to Sea-Life Adventure on Southend seafront. The aquatic centre has just welcomed exotic new arrivals to thrill visitors including deep sea scavenging Japanese Isopods and glowing pinecone fish, also known as pineapple fish, which are renowned for their smiling faces. The centre, in Eastern Esplanade, has also taken delivery of the Chambered Nautilus, a “living fossil” which has remained virtually unchanged for more than 500 million years. There are also “sexy shrimps”, named for the way they “dance” by moving their tails in a unique back and forth motion. All the new arrivals are native to the Indo–Pacific, and Sea-Life Adventure has imported the creatures all the way from Shizuoka in Japan. There have also been new arrivals from Bali and Vietnam. Lucy Hodge, Sea-Life manager said: “We are constantly trying to develop fresh and interesting displays to give families plenty of new reasons to come and visit Sea-Life time and time again. “We want to be able to show a wide range of fascinating and unusual species from across the globe.”

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7:35am Mon 18 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

Can you please confirm is this is a paid advert ?

I remember when this extortionary priced rubbish first opened, they spread lies that we would be walking through tunnels with huge sharks swimming around us, the posters they used to promote the center confirmed this.

The fish were closer to what you would see in a fish tank than fully grown sharks.
Can you please confirm is this is a paid advert ? I remember when this extortionary priced rubbish first opened, they spread lies that we would be walking through tunnels with huge sharks swimming around us, the posters they used to promote the center confirmed this. The fish were closer to what you would see in a fish tank than fully grown sharks. supermadmax
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9:36am Mon 18 Feb 13

evo_lution says...

Supermadmax - were you really expecting 20ft sharks. Are you a kidding? shark species range, I would say most reasonable, slightly more than average intelligent adults would grasp than a building on the scale of the Sealife Centre is not going to have huge, sharks thrashing about like a scene from Jaws.
Supermadmax - were you really expecting 20ft sharks. Are you a kidding? shark species range, I would say most reasonable, slightly more than average intelligent adults would grasp than a building on the scale of the Sealife Centre is not going to have huge, sharks thrashing about like a scene from Jaws. evo_lution
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10:16am Mon 18 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

@evo no but I would expect "most reasonable, slightly more than average intelligent adults would" be able to read

I commented "I remember when this... first opened"

It opened in the early 90's & yes I was a child & yes going by the promotional tactics by the over priced sea life center we did expect huge sharks.
@evo no but I would expect "most reasonable, slightly more than average intelligent adults would" be able to read I commented "I remember when this... first opened" It opened in the early 90's & yes I was a child & yes going by the promotional tactics by the over priced sea life center we did expect huge sharks. supermadmax
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10:49am Mon 18 Feb 13

jayman says...

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

-George Orwell-
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” -George Orwell- jayman
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11:32am Mon 18 Feb 13

hysterix says...

When it FIRST opened, it was a SeaLife Centre - part of a chain of other similar aquariums across the country. That chain then got bought by Merlin (who own Chessington, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, etc.).

SeaLife Adventure is owned by Stockdale, the company that owns Adventure Island and is headed up by the Miller family. Totally unconnected with both the company that FIRST opened the centre, and the company that now owns the SeaLife Centre attractions, so it's pretty pointless to compare the centre as it is now with how it was back then.

I visited on Saturday and my kids really enjoyed it, as they always do. I don't work there, but we do all have annual passes. If you haven't been in a while, you might want to visit again before passing judgement. There was a huge multi-million pound revamp made to the site not long ago. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable too.
When it FIRST opened, it was a SeaLife Centre - part of a chain of other similar aquariums across the country. That chain then got bought by Merlin (who own Chessington, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, etc.). SeaLife Adventure is owned by Stockdale, the company that owns Adventure Island and is headed up by the Miller family. Totally unconnected with both the company that FIRST opened the centre, and the company that now owns the SeaLife Centre attractions, so it's pretty pointless to compare the centre as it is now with how it was back then. I visited on Saturday and my kids really enjoyed it, as they always do. I don't work there, but we do all have annual passes. If you haven't been in a while, you might want to visit again before passing judgement. There was a huge multi-million pound revamp made to the site not long ago. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable too. hysterix
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11:34am Mon 18 Feb 13

hysterix says...

*Stockvale. Oops!
*Stockvale. Oops! hysterix
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12:56pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...


2,000 new reasons to visit Souhend's Sea-Life Adventure


where's Souhend?


You'd think The Echo would at least get that right wouldn't you?
[quote] 2,000 new reasons to visit Souhend's Sea-Life Adventure[/quote] where's Souhend? You'd think The Echo would at least get that right wouldn't you? Cosmo Spring
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1:25pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Saxonpride says...

This is good news. I love the Manta's they have there. Such friendly, beautiful creatures. They'll happily swim up to the surface so that visitors can see them.

I only wish it was bigger and that the rest of the seafront was as exciting, as opposed to being an endless line of grotty arcades and bland eateries.
This is good news. I love the Manta's they have there. Such friendly, beautiful creatures. They'll happily swim up to the surface so that visitors can see them. I only wish it was bigger and that the rest of the seafront was as exciting, as opposed to being an endless line of grotty arcades and bland eateries. Saxonpride
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1:40pm Mon 18 Feb 13

emcee says...

Small, overpriced and nothing much that you cannot see elsewhere in people homes or aquatic shops.
When it first opened it was something new for Southend but it is now tired and has had its day. If you want to stand out in the world of "public" aquariums, these days, you need to offer something very special. Southend Sea Life Adventure falls far, far short of this.
Small, overpriced and nothing much that you cannot see elsewhere in people homes or aquatic shops. When it first opened it was something new for Southend but it is now tired and has had its day. If you want to stand out in the world of "public" aquariums, these days, you need to offer something very special. Southend Sea Life Adventure falls far, far short of this. emcee
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2:24pm Mon 18 Feb 13

reptile says...

Across the road from the Sea-Life Adventure is Bailey's Fish & Chip Shop where you can eat the exhibits.
Across the road from the Sea-Life Adventure is Bailey's Fish & Chip Shop where you can eat the exhibits. reptile
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4:47pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

reptile wrote:
Across the road from the Sea-Life Adventure is Bailey's Fish & Chip Shop where you can eat the exhibits.
they're not trying to fob you off with seahorse though are they.....
[quote][p][bold]reptile[/bold] wrote: Across the road from the Sea-Life Adventure is Bailey's Fish & Chip Shop where you can eat the exhibits.[/p][/quote]they're not trying to fob you off with seahorse though are they..... Cosmo Spring
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5:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Boyracer_1991 says...

There is probably 2001 reasons not to visit it as well. Seafront parking prices is one of them!
There is probably 2001 reasons not to visit it as well. Seafront parking prices is one of them! Boyracer_1991
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7:51pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

Boyracer_1991 wrote:
There is probably 2001 reasons not to visit it as well. Seafront parking prices is one of them!
Well at least people will not have to face the likes of you down there.

Where are you from?
[quote][p][bold]Boyracer_1991[/bold] wrote: There is probably 2001 reasons not to visit it as well. Seafront parking prices is one of them![/p][/quote]Well at least people will not have to face the likes of you down there. Where are you from? Joe Wildman-Clark
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