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Things to know when visiting Melbourne Aquarium – explore marine life

On the heart of Melbourne alongside the famous Yarra River is one fun aquarium that brings the best of marine life to the center of the city. For a family day out in the city, the Aquarium is ideal.

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Location

Location

The Melbourne aquarium is located on the banks of the Yarra River beside the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge and can easily be accessed via taxis or public transport. If you are staying in the Oaks on Collins -a popular hotel from the [Oaks hotels and Resorts], the aquarium is just a hop, skip and a jump away

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Adventure in Antarctica

Adventure in Antarctica

Penguins are one of the Melbourne aquariums biggest attractions. It is the first thing you would encounter in the aquarium and is certainly one sector that will occupy most of your time. The perfect Antarctic setting and the many hundreds of super friendly penguins will keep you thoroughly entertained. Watch them go about their daily routine and swim perfectly in their personal pool, flaunting their streamlined bodies all the way. There is one majestic King and a whole heap of Gentoo Penguins to keep you thoroughly fascinated throughout.

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Sea Horses Galore

Sea Horses Galore

After a good dose of Penguins and a couple of strange looking fish, you will be introduced to Sea Horses. Sea horses are fascinating creatures not only to look at but also to learn about. At the aquarium you can absorb a couple of interesting facts about them like how it is their male species that gives birth to young and how they propel themselves by using a small fin on their back which flutters upto 35 times per second.

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River and Reef Habitats

River and Reef Habitats

Next up is the reef world. The first component of this sector consists of freshwater fish which is interesting especially for those who enjoy rearing fish as a hobby. The other section has a number of rock pools where there are starfish, sponges and shark eggs all of which can be touched! The interaction is the highlight of this section and children in particular will love this experience. Another 2 interesting features of this section is the tiny baby long neck turtles and the freshwater shark tank which is the only one of its kind in the whole world. Both of these species are severely endangered and in need of some serious protection.

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Jelly Fish Fiesta

Jelly Fish Fiesta

In a floor to ceiling coral atoll there is an interesting collection of jelly fish which includes varieties like the moon sea jellies and the box jellyfish. You can learn all sorts of interesting facts about jelly fish here and enjoy the coral reef exhibits adorned with a plethora of beautiful reef dwellers including: a sea turtle, huge eel, and heaps of colorful fish.

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The Depths of the Ocean

The Depths of the Ocean

Perhaps the most fascinating attraction in the entire aquarium is the shark and Ray World. From the nursery with heaps of cute baby animals to the fish bowl where you get the opportunity to be completely surrounded by the most massive sharks, rays and hundreds of other interesting fish giving you one authentic underwater experience that is exciting in every manner.