The seas of S.E.A. Aquarium: Wreckage of the Java Sea

If travelling the world is right up there on your to-do list, then visit the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa.

Because at the world’s largest aquarium, you can sail the seas without a passport.

The aquarium boasts of eight seas that will bring you to regions from the shallow waters of the Strait of Malacca to the mysterious depths in the Open Ocean. Marine Guide Nurul Aidah Fazil takes us to a different zone every week. Our journey starts at the Strait of Karimata & Java Sea.

Where: At the entrance of the aquarium

Must-see: Shipwreck habitat

Bonus: Try spotting cleaner wrasses “cleaning” the large fishes

Marine animals: Pompano, Yellowtail fusilier, Cleaner wrasse

Tip: Head to the shipwreck exhibit first, then into the tunnel. This way, you will get to enjoy spectacular views of the habitat.

After getting pass the entry turnstiles, check out this mammoth ship wreck, one of the first sights that will greet you.

The shipwreck – one of the first sights you will see.

Seafarers transported spices and silk from Southeast Asia through these waters to the African subcontinent and Europe.

As such, shipwrecks are common in these waters, says our friendly education guide Aidah. Many shipwrecks are still unexplored, which is great for historians to probe secrets of our past.

While people think that shipwrecks destroy coral reefs, she explained further that “A man’s junk is another fish’s treasure.”

Shipwrecks can evolve into thriving marine habitats, as their complex shapes and hard surfaces offer shelter for invertebrates and fish. Under suitable conditions, sponges and coral can colonise wrecks and transform them into an artificial reef system. As such, the shipwreck is an ideal place for fishes to breed and acts as a feeding ground. Try if you can spot smaller fishes nibbling on the ship’s surface.

Hungry: This little one getting his fix on the ship’s surface.

Another amazing feature of the Strait of Karimata & Java Sea is the tunnel leading to the aquarium.

Entering the tunnel.

Here, you can catch a fish “wash” if you are lucky. Small fish like the cleaner wrasse, can be seen feeding on their bigger peers’ skin and gills. This intrinsic relationship is known as mutualism, where two organisms of different species exist in a relationship in which each individual benefits. The cleaner wrasse eats parasites and dead tissue off larger fishes’ skin while the larger fish gets cleaned, amongst other considerable health benefits.

“You scratch my back, I scratch yours”

Next, we travel to the shallow seas of the Strait of Malacca & Andaman Sea. Stay tuned! Read more about the other zones in the aquarium here.

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