Behind the Scenes Tour
This new feature of Sea Life London allows visitors an exciting look into the work of the staff and how they care for the diverse range of ocean life on display at the aquarium. The tour is split into three sections, the first being care and research. This features creature’s not on general display and can include new arrivals as they get used to their new surroundings. They could be creatures in a temporary home while the permanent one is being cleaned or having maintenance work done or it could be that these animals require some medical attention.
Research and breeding
The insight into these programmes can include the rearing of unusual species, populating coral and the highly successful programme of breeding seahorses.
Maintaining an excellent quality to the water is of paramount importance with 65 displays that require 2.5 million litres of water. There are 20 different systems in place with over 100 pumps to keep everything in full working order. During this tour you will have a chance to carry out some of these checks yourself while getting a unique view of how the systems work.
More than 50kg of food is prepared every week for the 5000 creatures living at Sea Life London. This section of the behind the scenes tour allows you to see what is on their menu and how often they are fed. The tour is only available in English and each tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes. It includes several areas not open to the public and you will be escorted at all times. They are operated at 6 times each day.
Sea Life London hosts the world’s largest collection of cownose rays. If you arrive at the right time you can possibly be chosen to feed them. Another exciting place at feeding time is the piranha tank. This is a frenzied attack on their food and you will see why piranhas have the reputation they are given.