Are you #ReadyForThisJelly? Because the Ocean Invaders have arrived at SEALIFE London Aquarium and you don’t want to miss them.
First of all, wow. Just wow! After visiting the new attraction I can see exactly what the hype has all been about. Jellyfish. Zillions of them, and all in a submersive, interactive experience that will leave you quite literally stunned, in a good way.
We were so lucky to be invited for an exclusive tour to see Ocean Invaders, the largest jellyfish exhibit in the UK, before the aquarium opened to the public at the weekend. Exciting stuff! If you want to replicate our visit you can do so by arriving super early to be one of the first in line at opening time. It’s really worth it.
The brand new attraction, Ocean Invaders, is located in the very last area of the aquarium. As we headed towards the impressive entrance, it’s without a doubt that SEALIFE have saved the best till last. What a contrast to the other zones. The clever detailing gives the impression of being submerged in the deep blue sea making this experience all the more special.
We were really impressed by the way the space has been grouped into 3 zones. By far the most interesting for me was zone 1, learning about the life cycle of jellyfish. Did you know that jellyfish don’t always look like ‘jellyfish’ as they go through several form transformations over their lifetime, it’s incredible isn’t it?
It’s not every day that you get to see little tiddler jellyfish up close and personal, and there was just enough written information and tidbits to keep everyone engaged. It felt like there was so much to discover, and Little Button was in awe of the beautifully lit jellyfish tanks. I think she would have stood there all day if she could.
Little hands love to be kept busy, and zone 2 certainly provided this. We had a giggle and a jump testing out what a jellyfish sting might feel like. This was through sound and no actual stinging was involved I must add. Further tanks of jellyfish were there to be discovered, including the upside down jellyfish which were quite a lovely surprise.
Little Button couldn’t wait to get her hands on the huge interactive gaming station, where players can try out the best ways to help their jellyfish thrive. It was really interesting to test out temperature, food and even pollution variations to see what happened, and see how big you could grow your jellyfish swarm!
The big finale of Ocean Invaders is zone 3. We felt like we had stepped right into a jellyfish swarm! Clever tanks and video effects like no other in the aquarium left us completely ‘wowed’ and with a whole new appreciation for these beautiful creatures.
We came away from our experience feeling like we had discovered something new and exciting about the hidden depths of the seas. And actually, curious to find out more about jellyfish and perhaps not so scared of them either. I get the impression that SEALIFE London Aquarium are very passionate about their exhibits, and all the staff we came in contact with were knowledgeable and keen to chat about #SEALIFE at the aquarium. We would most definitely recommend a visit.
Disclosure: We were invited to an exclusive tour of the new Ocean Invaders experience at SEALIFE London Aquarium. All views are my own and I can say that we all LOVED IT!