Sea Trek in an ocean tank

Get closer than ever to marine life if you are aged eight and over.

Get closer than ever to marine life if you are aged eight and over.

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We might still be waiting for the day bosses at leisure giant Merlin announce that they are to open a Legoland Discovery Centre to add to their already-successful Blackpool attractions.

But until if and when that time actually comes, Manchester’s Legoland Discovery Centre will be capitalising on the fact it now has a new neighbour – Merlin’s 14th Sea Life Centre to be opened in the UK, a brand that started here in Blackpool on the Golden Mile.

And Sea Life Manchester – all 36,000sq ft of it in Barton Square at The Trafford Centre – boasts a European first experience as visitors, to the brand new attraction, aged eight and over can get closer than ever before to the sharks, rays and the giant green turtle in it’s 11.5ft deep ocean tank.

Sea Trek is a thrilling sea bed walk through the largest tank in the Manchester aquarium giving brave visitors the chance to explore the underwater world without all the time consuming, specialised training.

Sea trekkers are kitted out in a special dive suit, complete with a fully waterproof helmet, which is apparently 100 per cent safe for those with a full face of make up, before they are lowered into the “ocean”.

The giant tank is filled with 480,000 litres of water and is home to 1,092 creatures of 35 different species.

They are then walked through the tank, stopping to take closer looks at some of the creatures, such as the black tip reef sharks, the super-inquisitive groupers and the king of the tank, giant sea turtle Ernie.

All wet suit equipment is provided, guests just need their own swimming costume and towel.

The Sea Trek experience costs £60 per person, which includes admission to the attraction, and is available to guests aged eight and over.

The experience lasts for approximately one hour, with 10 minutes of that under the water.

A maximum of five people can be in the tank at one time and they will be accompanied by support divers at all times.

Manchester Sea Life is open daily from 10am until 7pm, with the last admission at 5pm.

Tickets are available online from just £12 per person.

Visit www.visitsealife.com or call 0871 221 2483 for more information.

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