Feeding Frenzy at the S.E.A Aquarium – Part of the Singapore Science Festival

Feeding Ray

Director of Education at Resorts World Sentosa, Mr Biswajit Guha, is passionate about sharing his love for animals with visitors to the S.E.A. Aquarium.

Responsible for more than 50 educators, he not only makes sure team members are knowledgeable about the marine life at the S.E.A. Aquarium, but more importantly, genuinely interested in reaching out to the aquarium’s guests.

These educators will come to the forefront during the Singapore Science Festival 2014 which the S.E.A. Aquarium is participating in for a second year. This year, the S.E.A. Aquarium will be offering three programmes as part of the Festival. This includes the Feeding Frenzy Trail, a programme normally only open to school groups. (Editor’s note: There are very limited spaces available for all these programmes.)

Feeding Frenzy Trail

The Feeding Frenzy Trail gives participants a behind-the-scenes peek into the workings of the S.E.A. Aquarium. Participants, aged 6 years old and above, will get a chance to go on “morning rounds” with the aquarium’s Marine Guides and witness how food for the aquarium’s aquatic residents is prepared.

As part of the tour, educators will not only share about the feeding habits of aquatic creatures such as sharks, moray eels and jelly fish, but provide participants a closer look at food sources such as plankton and Mazuri Gel.

Marcus, a Marine Guide, sharing about how different fish feed.

An opportunity to view plankton under a microscope.

Fish Food
Guess which fish eat which type of food!

One of the programme highlights is a chance to visit the top of the Open Ocean Habitat. Normally off limits to visitors, this part of the tour unveils the backstage workings of the magical Open Ocean Habitat exhibit. Feeding Frenzy participants also get the privilege of watching the tank’s graceful manta rays being individually fed by aquarists at the top of the Open Ocean Habitat.

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Open Ocean
The top of the Open Ocean Habitat.

Feeding Ray
Feeding a Manta Ray.

A visit to the Aquarium’s food preparation area is another highlight of the tour. Here, food for the Aquarium’s aquatic residents is prepared on a daily basis by food technicians. With fish of all shapes, sizes and appetites to cater for, this important job is done methodically to ensure the right food goes to the right animals.

Marcus showing special buckets used to bring food underwater, into the tanks.

Food Prep
Food preparation.

Touching further on the S.E.A. Aquarium’s educational programmes, Mr Guha said that these provide an opportunity for the Aquarium to share with participants “how and why we do what we do”. Such programmes also provide a unique chance for young participants to learn by “seeing things first-hand” and perhaps even inspire their love for animals further.

Biswajit Guha
Mr. Biswajit Guha (right), Director of Education at Resorts World Sentosa.

The three programmes the S.E.A. Aquarium is offering as part of the Singapore Science Festival 2014 are:

Feeding Frenzy Trail
Dates: 20, 26, 27, 28 July, 9, 10 Aug
Duration: 8.30 am to 10.30 am
Age Range: 6 years old and above
Maximum Number of Participants: 20 per session
Cost: $20 per pax (excluding admission to S.E.A. Aquarium; non-S.E.A. Aquarium members will need to pay for admission tickets in order to take part in this programme.)

Ocean Dreams
Dates: 1-2, 10-11 Aug
Duration: 5 pm to 10.30 am (next day)
Age Range: 6 years old and above
Number of participants: Minimum of 35 participants
Cost: $138 (adult); $118 (child); $468 (family package of 2 adults, 2 children)

Junior Marine Explorer
Dates: 19 July, 11 Aug
Duration: 5 pm to 10.30 am (next day)
Age Range: 6 to 14 years old
Max number of participants: 30 per session
Cost: $119 per pax

For more details, refer to www.sciencefest.sg or email public.programmes@rwsentosa.com.

Read more about Singapore Science Festival 2014 and get Little Day Out’s Printable Guide to this year’s events.

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