Explore Spooky Seas adventure trail at S.E.A. Aquarium

It’s Spooky Seas month at the S.E.A. Aquarium. Our writer went on a quest on the Spooky Seas adventure trail and survived to tell the tale. Here’s what the kids can expect on the Spooky Seas adventure trail:

This was my third time on the S.E.A. Aquarium adventure trail as I have done the Shark Adventure Trail in August and Manta Adventure Trail in September. There is a similar layout as previous months but as the theme changes it helps me focus and learn more about different marine animals.

I’m a big fan of all things horror (and cute) so I’m excited that it’s Spooky Seas month at the S.E.A. Aquarium. Spooky Seas decoration at the Aquarium was in full swing, giving the place a morbidly cute vibe.

Welcome to Spooky Seas at S.E.A. Aquarium
Welcome to Spooky Seas at S.E.A. Aquarium

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Let’s go on the Spooky Seas adventure trail

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I visited the S.E.A. Aquarium on a weekday for the adventure trail. On the weekends and public holidays they host “Trick or Treat” around the aquarium, giving out candy treats at different stops.

The Spooky Seas adventure trail map is given out to children at the entry gantry of the Maritime Experiential Museum.

Here’s the trail map:

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Leafy Sea Dragon Spooky Spot

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I never really thought of the Leafy Sea Dragon as scary, but with their ghost-like movements and ability to camouflage they are actually pretty mesmerising creatures.

Did you know that the Leafy Sea Dragon can stay motionless at one position for up to 68 hours? Talk about playing dead.

Japanese Sea Nettles Spooky Spot

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They look really graceful as they move through the water, but with those stinging cells on their tentacles I am not sure I would want to meet one in the ocean. Definitely one of the scariest sea creatures in my opinion!

There are millions of stinging cells [cnidocytes] on a single tentacle of a sea jelly. The stinging cells fires like a harpoon and injects venom into the prey. Ouch!

Open Ocean Gallery

Anatomy of Sawfish

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At the wall opposite Open Ocean Gallery are the educational boards. I learned about the body parts of the Sawfish as well as its living environment and diet.

Ocean Dome stop

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At the Ocean Dome, I collected my hammerhead shark party hat! Candy is distributed here during the weekends. Remember to brush your teeth to minimise cavity.

Sawfish Spooky Spot

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Trying to find a sawfish at the gigantic Open Ocean Habitat is not as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. With its long saw like snout with sideways protruding teeth it is easy to identify.

That said, I had to walk down the 36-metre long viewing panel multiple times to spot the Sawfish. That panel is so big!

The Sawfish is a ray. A ray has gills on the underside whereas a shark has gills on the sides.

African Tigerfish Spooky Spot

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Usually, after the Open Ocean Habitat, I am overwhelmed so I tend to give this section of the aquarium little attention.

Luckily, with Spooky Seas adventure trail, I get to learn about the toothy African Tigerfish. Now I know what to avoid on the continent.

The African Tigerfish has 32 jagged razor-like teeth and each tooth can grow up to more than 3 cm!

Wolffish Spooky Spot

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The Wolffish were hiding in holes when I visited. I couldn’t see the full extent of their teeth as they had their mouths closed- but I have heard they are huge!

Watch this video to see the wolffish eating a crunchy crab:

The Wolffish has prominent teeth like vampires that they use to crush shellfish, crabs and even sea urchins!

Bonus Spooky Spot (recommended by me!)

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It’s not part of the adventure trail but I think these moray eels are pretty scary. These fellows are creepy looking!

Beside the viewing panel for the moray eels is a space where you can crawl into a bubble to see the eels even closer.

Hammerhead shark Spooky Spot

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The hammerhead shark is odd-looking but I wouldn’t label it as scary. More like whimsical.

The hammerhead shark is able to have a 360-degree vision achieved by a combination of eye position and head movement. You might want to think twice about sneaking behind them.

Prize collection stop

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After getting all three stamps, it’s time to receive the prize! Yay, it’s a voucher for one “Hello”ween Bun at BreadTalk.

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Did you learn anything new while going on the Spooky Seas adventure trail? Which animal is your favourite?

Join Spooky Seas Shoot & Share contest

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Take your best spooky themed photo or video at S.E.A. Aquarium during our SEAA Wonders: Spooky Seas month.

Strike a scary pose next to any of our fascinating marine animals. For example, take a picture of our toothy wolffish or video of our fierce looking sawfish and post them on Instagram to win prizes.

Find out more details on the S.E.A. Aquarium Spooky Seas Shoot & Share contest page.

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