Go on Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail at S.E.A. Aquarium

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.

Christmas tree on land at S.E.A. Aquarium
The Aquarium has a Christmas tree onland.
Christmas tree underwater at S.E.A. Aquarium
And a Christmas Tree underwater.
Even Santa Clause and his elf are underwater at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Ring in the Christmas season with Scuba Santa and his helpful Elf at the Open Ocean Habitat.

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.

Pick up the Merry Fishmas Trail map
Pick up the Merry Fishmas Trail map

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.

The Merry Fishmas Trail map

 Stop 1: Fox-face Rabbitfish

Stop 1 of Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail
Stop 1 of Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail

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.

Learn about the Fox-Face Rabbitfish
Learn about the Fox-Face Rabbitfish

Stop 2: Schooling Bannerfish

Stop 2 of Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail
Stop 2 of Merry Fishmas Adventure Trail

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

A school of Diamondfish.
A school of 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.

Schooling fish games at S.E.A. Aquarium

Schooling fish games at S.E.A. Aquarium

Stop 4: Javanese Cownose Rays

Spot the Javanese Cownose Ray
Spot the Javanese Cownose Ray

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

Making a fish out of paper is as easy as Step 1, 2, 3..
Making a fish out of paper is as easy as Step 1, 2, 3..

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.

Collect your fish hat too!
Collect your fish hat too!

Stop 5: Humpedhead Unicornfish

Find the Humpedhead Unicornfish at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Find the 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

Find the Barred Flagtail at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Find the 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

Find the Crimson Soldierfish at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Find the 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

Threadfin Trevally
Here’s a Threadfin Trevally.

The Threadfish Trevally is easy to spot as it has long thread-like fins (which explains its name).

Stop 9: Polkadot Cardinalfish

Polkadot cardinalfish at S.E.A. Aquarium
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.

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