A first dolphin encounter

Dolphin unveiled at SEA Aquarium

Guests to the world’s largest aquarium – RWS’ S.E.A. Aquarium – had a pleasant surprise this morning. Before meeting animals such as the Giant Manta Rays and Giant Pacific Octopus, they also met some of our Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins up-close through two viewing panels midway though the Aquarium.

While some guests were busy taking photographs (without flash please), others were just too mesmerised by these beautiful animals, so much so that our friendly educators had to remind them to move along so as not to miss out on seeing the other animals and habitats!

This has been a much-anticipated moment – providing our guests with an awe-inspiring view of the dolphins swimming and socialising with one another. You will get to see these graceful animals as they go about their natural athletic behaviours, and even observe interactions with their trainers from under the water.  If you lean forward and listen really closely, you may even be able to hear the clicks and whistles of these playful marine mammals. But do refrain from tapping on the viewing panels.

While you are looking at the dolphins underwater, don’t be confused by the greenery in the habitat. What you see is actually algae which we have deliberately grown in our dolphin habitat. Algae are common in water bodies and a critical component of living marine environments! They maintain the proportion of oxygen and act as natural filters for micro-organisms. Our water quality is optimal for the animals.

And if you have seen our dolphin habitat from a high vantage point, you’ll know that what you see from the Aquarium is, in fact, one of the 11 inter-connected lagoons at Dolphin Island.  Together, the lagoons hold more than 15 million liters of water combined (that’s equivalent to almost six Olympic-sized swimming pools) and that surpasses international standards by more than four times.

While you’re there, do keep a lookout for the information panels, where you can find out more interesting facts about our dolphins and how we care for them.

Did you know?

1. Despite having long rostrums, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins use the blowhole at the top of their heads to breathe. And  interestingly enough, they have little or no sense of smell since they lack the necessary olfactory nerves and lobes in the brain.

2. Dolphins are believed to sleep while resting one half of their brain and one eye closed.  They then switch to the other side of their brain and the other eye when they sleep during other parts of the day.  Don’t you wish you could do that too?

So, the next time you visit the world’s largest aquarium, do remember to say hi to our fascinating dolphins!

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