I've been dying to go to the Melbourne aquarium to do some research since watching a documentary called Black Fish. The film is about the dangers of keeping a species in captivity. I was keen to dive deep into the aquarium to form my own opinions.
The aquarium was really well maintained and has just had a major makeover. For the price of $38AUS you get a day ticket and can even leave the aquarium and come back later in the day if you get a Starbucks craving. I loved this tank as it was set up like the fish tank in the dentist's office in Finding Nemo. I tried to take a photo of little Nemo but he was too fast.
The aquarium has a huge range of sea life from lion fish, to green tree frogs. This creepy eel is smiling and saying hello. The only sea life I found with visible problems were some of the sharks with bites on their noses due to territory problems.
The recent makeover to the aquarium has a lot to do with little kids. Many of the exhibits have a place where kids can get a stamp on a card and redeem for prizes at the end. I liked the little head holes you could pop up in.
A rad thing about the aquarium is they are involved in the rehabilitation and release of sea turtles. It was super rad to see that they are helping sea life outside of their work. I loved the huge fish tank with the mermaids inside, it looked ever so magical.
The biggest pull card the the grand finale of over 50 penguins. When I was there some had laid eggs and were busy building nests on the ice using pebbles. Others were swimming in their water area. I loved this section as I'd never seen a penguin up close before and to see them happy enough in captivity to reproduce made me smile.
Overall I had a fun day with the husband and the Melbourne Aquarium. I still have mixed opinions about the use of sea life in this way. The Melbourne aquarium use no animals in any purpose other than education and everyone there is just trying to do what I do. Help animals and educate all those you can.
I did however find it disturbing they they were serving fish and chips in the restaurant.