The holiday season is here and that means one thing – let the festivities commence!
In the spirit of the season, S.E.A. Aquarium has launched their Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail. For those who are familiar with this, it’s old territory. But for those who aren’t, the adventure trail is an educational tour that serves to help you understand and learn more about the marine animals.
Let’s go on the Great Christmas Trail!
You start by picking up a copy of the treasure hunt booklet at the entry gantry of the Maritime Experiential Museum.
Comprising nine stations where “Manta Claus” has left underwater presents, you’ll need to study the fish, read the displays or ask any of the friendly staff to find the answers at each station. Scratch what you think the correct answer is.
Stop 1: Fox-face Rabbitfish
The first stop is really easy. Just find the fish on the information panel and voilà, you get your answer. The numbers on the presents act as a way Stop to show you you’re on the right track.
Stop 2: Schooling Bannerfish
The question to be answered here is why do adult Schooling Bannerfish leave the reef in groups? It’ll take a while to find the information so happy hunting!
Stop 3: Diamondfish
It’s definitely not hard to spot the Diamondfish here as they swim in schools. What you’re supposed to find out is what type of environment they can be found in.
Take a break: Educational games
If your kids need more things to do, there are engaging games just before Stop 4. They are not part of the Adventure Trail but pretty fun and educational all the same.
Stop 4: Javanese Cownose Rays
Time to rely on your eyes as this stop asks how many Javanese Cownose Rays you can see in the Open Ocean Habitat.
It’s not necessarily easy as there’s a multitude of marine animals in there and they aren’t that easy to spot.
Hint: They’re probably the most active rays you’ll see in there.
Take (another) break: Papercrafting
After you’ve done all the counting, it’s time to give your eyes a break. Stop by our friendly table to get some activities for your kids.
Stop 5: Humpedhead Unicornfish
Barely a hop away (you might miss it) is Stop 5. And with it comes the puzzle of finding out which zone are groups of Humpedhead Unicornfish typically found in.
Stop 6: Barred Flagtails
Did you know fish also have a certain time in which they congregate? Go figure out what time of the day do Barred Fishtails group together.
Stop 7: Crimson Soldierfish
As they say, communication is key to whatever you do. And that applies to marine animals. Find out how Crimson Soldierfish communicate with each other.
Stop 8: Threadfin Trevally
The Threadfish Trevally is easy to spot as it has long thread-like fins (which explains its name).
Stop 9: Polkadot Cardinalfish
And we’re at the last stop. The strangest sight greeted me as all the Polkadot Cardinalfish were still when I was there.
Could you find out why? Ok, besides that, the last question that you’ll be stumped with is why do the Polkadot Cardinalfish form shoals?
Now it’s your turn to explore the Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail and find out the answers. After all, the ocean does contain many mysteries yet unsolved.
Find out other activities available during Merry Fishmas period at S.E.A. Aquarium.