Issue 147, June 2015
Exploring amazing marine life
​NTU alumni and their families embark on an intriguing journey at the S.E.A. Aquarium during this year’s NTU Alumni Family Day

Some 250 alumni and their family members gathered for the annual NTU Alumni Family Day 2015 on 30 May. This time, it was held at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa. Excitement filled the air, as many eagerly waited to explore the awe-inspiring world of ocean life at one of Sentosa’s newest attractions.

The marine realm of S.E.A. Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, across 49 different habitats, each one as fascinating as the next.

“This is an excellent opportunity to spend time with my family. My parents and sister are here together with me. I attended the NTU Fest last year, and this is my second NTU event after graduation,” said Mr Chew Bing Rui (HSS/2013). 

As the alumni participants and their families stepped into S.E.A. Aquarium, they were immersed into a magical marine world seen through the world’s largest viewing panel window, measuring 36m wide and 8.3m tall. The aquarium is home to majestic manta rays, enormous goliath grouper, napoleon wrasse, and other gentle giants of the sea.

The Shipwreck Habitat is the first tank that one explores upon entering. By walking through the glass tunnel, one can observe a life-sized underwater shipwreck and a variety of fish and other sea creatures swimming around.

One of the most fascinating habitats in the aquarium was the sea jellies zone, a perennial favourite amongst adults and children alike. Energy is recharged with the electrifying pulsating dances of the translucent sea jelly species such as the trailing long-tentacled lion’s mane sea jelly, the captivating neon blue sea jelly and the larger-than-life moon sea jelly.

Mr Tan Yew Heng (EEE/2013) and his wife were keen to spend time with their two children at the aquarium during the holidays. “In fact, my son came here three days ago for his school excursion. And he is still very excited at being here again!” said Mr Tan with a laugh.

The Open Ocean is the main attraction inside, where a diverse collection of marine life can be seen. This is home to gentle giants of the sea including the leopard shark, goliath grouper, saw fish, and a squadron of magnificent manta rays. Adults and kids enjoyed sitting by the glass panel and watching the sea creatures swim by.

Many participants were in awe at The Shark Seas, the final attraction before exiting the aquarium, where they came face-to-face with various shark species and uncovered ​centuries of myths about these ocean predators.

For NTU alumni and their families, the day proved to be an amazing and intriguing journey uncovering the marine realm of S.E.A. Aquarium.

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