We’re thrilled to O-FISH-ALLY announce that the turtles, rays, and sharks will be swimming back into SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s newest multi-million-dollar exhibit, Night on the Reef, this Summer!

The countdown is on for the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium $9m upgrade, as the team are putting the final touches will bring the wonders of the ocean to the heart of the city this summer.

A staggering 34 tonnes of sand has been raked into the depths of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Oceanarium, followed by 2.2million litres of water and 74 tonnes of premium salt.

It was all hands-on deck for three days, as the team poured and raked the pristine sand into place, recreating a stunning ocean floor landscape. This marks a significant milestone in the journey to bring a slice of the reef to the heart of Melbourne.

A close up shot of water being poured into the large aquarium at the SEA LIFE Melbourne $9m upgrade.

After a dry period lasting nine months, the Oceanarium’s 2.2-million-litre tank was refilled, and 74 tonnes of premium salt was added, ensuring that every detail is meticulously in place for the grand unveiling this summer.

This extensive undertaking of refilling the Oceanarium, spanning three weeks, ensured the ideal marine environment for the sharks, rays, and turtles returning from sister aquariums – SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and SEA LIFE Sydney.

Night on the Reef promises a spectacular, bioluminescent display, offering an immersive and unforgettable experience for all. Guests will have the unique opportunity to explore the mesmerising world beneath the waves, encounter a diverse array of marine life, and witness the enchanting beauty of the reef after dark.

An image of the new empty Oceanarium, part of SEA LIFE Melbourne's $9m upgrade.

SEA LIFE Melbourne is committed to delivering a magical experience that entertains, educates, and fosters appreciation for the world’s oceans. The new SEA LIFE Melbourne $9m upgrade exhibit aligns with SEA LIFE Melbourne’s mission to promote marine conservation and bring the wonders of the ocean to the heart of the city.

Over the coming weeks, guests can peek through the specially crafted viewing points to catch a glimpse of the creatures as they settle into their new home. For more information please visit: https://www.visitsealife.com/melbourne/whats-inside/exhibits/night-on-the-reef

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