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Rockpool
Lochs of Scotland
Sea Horses
Marine Protected Areas
Conservation Cove
Rainforest
Turtles
Seal Hospital
Seal Pool
Otter Creek
Outdoor Fun!
Breed Rescue Protect

WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can experience all of this!

WOW FACT!

Sea stars have no brains and no blood. Their nervous system is spread through their arms and their “blood” is actually filtered sea water.

WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

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WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

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GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can experience all of this!

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GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can experience all of this!

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WOW FACT!

Sea stars have no brains and no blood. Their nervous system is spread through their arms and their “blood” is actually filtered sea water.

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WOW FACT!

Sea stars have no brains and no blood. Their nervous system is spread through their arms and their “blood” is actually filtered sea water.

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Lochs of Scotland

Next, prepare to be amazed as you come closer than ever before to the amazing creatures that share our native waters in the Lochs of Scotland.

Wow Fact

Baby seahorses are perfectly formed little miniatures of the adults and are able to fend for themselves as soon as they are born!

WOW FACT!

Seahorse pregnancy is amazing thing. Believe it or not, the male seahorses get pregnant, not the females. The female uses an ovipositor to expel her eggs into the male’s stomach pouch.

Big-bellied Sea Horse

The Big-bellied sea horses’ long tail contributes to their claim as one of the world’s largest seahorse species. Reaching up to lengths of 30 centimetres, the amazing Big-bellied Seahorse has a long, curly, grasping tail!

Wow Fact

Baby seahorses are perfectly formed little miniatures of the adults and are able to fend for themselves as soon as they are born!

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Wow Fact

Baby seahorses are perfectly formed little miniatures of the adults and are able to fend for themselves as soon as they are born!

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WOW FACT!

Seahorse pregnancy is amazing thing. Believe it or not, the male seahorses get pregnant, not the females. The female uses an ovipositor to expel her eggs into the male’s stomach pouch.

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WOW FACT!

Seahorse pregnancy is amazing thing. Believe it or not, the male seahorses get pregnant, not the females. The female uses an ovipositor to expel her eggs into the male’s stomach pouch.

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Big-bellied Sea Horse

The Big-bellied sea horses’ long tail contributes to their claim as one of the world’s largest seahorse species. Reaching up to lengths of 30 centimetres, the amazing Big-bellied Seahorse has a long, curly, grasping tail!

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Big-bellied Sea Horse

The Big-bellied sea horses’ long tail contributes to their claim as one of the world’s largest seahorse species. Reaching up to lengths of 30 centimetres, the amazing Big-bellied Seahorse has a long, curly, grasping tail!

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Marine Protected Areas

Learn more about Marine Protected Areas, why they are important and the kind of creatures that live in them- including Loch Creran right on our doorstep!

WHAT IS CONSERVATION COVE?

Conservation Cove is a series of engaging interactive features which educate users on threats to the marine world, but which also suggest ways in which they can help counter those threats.

Interactive Fun!

All of our Conservation Cove activities are fully interactive so don't be afraid to get hands on!

DON'T MISS!

The 'what do if you find a seal' section!

WHAT IS CONSERVATION COVE?

Conservation Cove is a series of engaging interactive features which educate users on threats to the marine world, but which also suggest ways in which they can help counter those threats.

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WHAT IS CONSERVATION COVE?

Conservation Cove is a series of engaging interactive features which educate users on threats to the marine world, but which also suggest ways in which they can help counter those threats.

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Interactive Fun!

All of our Conservation Cove activities are fully interactive so don't be afraid to get hands on!

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Interactive Fun!

All of our Conservation Cove activities are fully interactive so don't be afraid to get hands on!

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DON'T MISS!

The 'what do if you find a seal' section!

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DON'T MISS!

The 'what do if you find a seal' section!

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Rainforest

Visit the weird and wonderful creatures in our Rainforest Zone including endangered Axolotls, hungry Piranhas and our friendly Pacu fish!

Terrapins

When you visit you'll come face to face with our Red Eared and Yellow Bellied Terrapins! Terrapins are often bought when they are very small and cute, but they aren't ideal pets: They need lots of varied food, a heat lamp for sunbathing, lots of water for swimming and they can live for over 40 years! 

A Home For Life

All of the turtles housed at The Sanctuary have been donated, abandoned or confiscated, and so have been given a permanent home at SEA LIFE. The world's populations of these species of turtles are affected by their collection for the pet trade.

Did you know?

You should be cautious when thinking about buying a turtle as a pet - some are illegal and should not be sold whilst others can present danger to your health. Turtles are also very expensive and require a great deal of specialist care. Also many species of turtle can grow more quickly than you think!

Terrapins

When you visit you'll come face to face with our Red Eared and Yellow Bellied Terrapins! Terrapins are often bought when they are very small and cute, but they aren't ideal pets: They need lots of varied food, a heat lamp for sunbathing, lots of water for swimming and they can live for over 40 years! 

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Terrapins

When you visit you'll come face to face with our Red Eared and Yellow Bellied Terrapins! Terrapins are often bought when they are very small and cute, but they aren't ideal pets: They need lots of varied food, a heat lamp for sunbathing, lots of water for swimming and they can live for over 40 years! 

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A Home For Life

All of the turtles housed at The Sanctuary have been donated, abandoned or confiscated, and so have been given a permanent home at SEA LIFE. The world's populations of these species of turtles are affected by their collection for the pet trade.

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A Home For Life

All of the turtles housed at The Sanctuary have been donated, abandoned or confiscated, and so have been given a permanent home at SEA LIFE. The world's populations of these species of turtles are affected by their collection for the pet trade.

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Did you know?

You should be cautious when thinking about buying a turtle as a pet - some are illegal and should not be sold whilst others can present danger to your health. Turtles are also very expensive and require a great deal of specialist care. Also many species of turtle can grow more quickly than you think!

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Did you know?

You should be cautious when thinking about buying a turtle as a pet - some are illegal and should not be sold whilst others can present danger to your health. Turtles are also very expensive and require a great deal of specialist care. Also many species of turtle can grow more quickly than you think!

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SEAL RESCUE

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 20 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

 Each Seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. We're lucky to be able to work closely with the SSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

SEAL RESCUE

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

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SEAL RESCUE

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

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SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 20 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

 Each Seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

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SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 20 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

 Each Seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

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SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. We're lucky to be able to work closely with the SSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

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SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. We're lucky to be able to work closely with the SSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

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Seal Pool

Visit our main Seal Pool and see our four resident Seals - Lora, Macey, Pippa and Boo. Each of our 4 resident Seals carry their own unique story for living here at the centre, make sure you attend the Seal talk to find out them all.

WOW FACT!

Otters have two layers of fur, a waterproof outer layer to keep them dry and a thick inner layer to keep them warm.

LEWIS

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident North American Otter, Lewis. Make sure you attend one of his twice daily feeds for the best chance to see him and hear all about his cheeky antics!

DID YOU KNOW?

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family, which includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

WOW FACT!

Otters have two layers of fur, a waterproof outer layer to keep them dry and a thick inner layer to keep them warm.

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WOW FACT!

Otters have two layers of fur, a waterproof outer layer to keep them dry and a thick inner layer to keep them warm.

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LEWIS

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident North American Otter, Lewis. Make sure you attend one of his twice daily feeds for the best chance to see him and hear all about his cheeky antics!

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LEWIS

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident North American Otter, Lewis. Make sure you attend one of his twice daily feeds for the best chance to see him and hear all about his cheeky antics!

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DID YOU KNOW?

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family, which includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the Mustelid family, which includes weasels, stoats and badgers.

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Outdoor Fun!

Whatever the weather, there is plenty to do at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Visit our Nutkins' Nature Trail and see if you can spot any local wildlife, including the elusive Red Squirrels who live in the surrounding forest or have an adventure in our Adventure Playground!

Breed Rescue Protect

Conservation is at the heart of what we do at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Oban. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the threats facing marine life and what you can do to help as you explore with us.

Around 75% (that's three quarters) of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by human activity.