‘Ariel, listen to me. The human world, it’s a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they’ve got up there,’ Sebastian says to Ariel in the legendary Disney film, The Little Mermaid. Sea Life London Experience is one of these few chances I wanted to grab to dive a few feet underneath Earth and live life under the sea for a couple of hours, to step beneath the waves and get close to the colourful, fascinating, majestic, mystical, and all the more mesmerising creatures of the submarine world.
It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in London, and everyone was outside enjoying the weather and the perks it comes with. Everyone but myself apparently, and a few other folks, who’d decided to swap their human legs for a fish tale, and become mermaids and mermen just the time of a visit at the aquarium.
My tour underwater began with an encounter with the sharks, followed by a stroll along the coasts, and the ray lagoon, crowned by a stop at Rockpool, where I was able to stroke a starfish, tickle a sea anemone, and feel the shell of a crab. But the most amazing thing of all was what was about to come up next: the ocean tunnel, leading me throughout the murky or crystalline sea and ocean waters, and revealing shoals of glittering, fluttering, fish, and enormous green sea turtles slowly gliding over my head.
At the end of the tunnel, a ship wreck. But shortly after the storm, I could start to see a rainbow of colours formed by the coral reef and caves, bustling with the smooth movements of clownfish, seahorses, and regal blue tangs among a lot of other creatures.
After a good hour spent under water, it was time for me to take a deep breath above sea level, and walk through the hot and humid rain forests of the world for a little while, beneath the tropical treetops sheltering the Cuban crocodile, piranhas, and poison dart frogs, before heading to the freezing Antarctic point and observing the colony of gentoo penguins.
I then left the cold and white & blue environment surrounding the penguins to enter the conservation cove, and slowly head to the recently opened (Easter 2017) and mesmerising world of Ocean Invaders, in other words, the world of jellyfish.
🐙🐬 Practical information nearest tube stations: * Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines), * Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City lines), * or Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, District, and Circle Lines) nearest national rail station: * Charing Cross or Waterloo by bus: * check SEA LIFE London's website for details by car: * the nearest car parking is on the South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall (please beware of the Central London Congestion Charge)