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Bay of Rays
Great Barrier Reef
Penguin Island
Octopus Hideout
Otter River
Outdoor Fun!
Seal Hospital
Seal Pool
Shark Encounter
Ocean Tunnel
Sea Horses
Turtle Beach
Rockpool
Breed Rescue Protect

WOW FACT!

When Cownose Rays swim in the ocean, their wingtips often break the surface, resembling the dorsal fin of a shark, which sometimes causes undue alarm for swimmers and divers. 

DON'T MISS!

You'll start your journey through the depths of the ocean in the bay of Rays. Here you will find an assortment of amazing creatures that are native to the UK including Cownose Rays and Pyjama Sharks!

Feeding Fun!

Our guests can help to feed our native Sharks and Rays every day at the end of our native shark and ray talk at 1pm for just a £1 donation.

 

WOW FACT!

When Cownose Rays swim in the ocean, their wingtips often break the surface, resembling the dorsal fin of a shark, which sometimes causes undue alarm for swimmers and divers. 

WOW FACT!

When Cownose Rays swim in the ocean, their wingtips often break the surface, resembling the dorsal fin of a shark, which sometimes causes undue alarm for swimmers and divers. 

DON'T MISS!

You'll start your journey through the depths of the ocean in the bay of Rays. Here you will find an assortment of amazing creatures that are native to the UK including Cownose Rays and Pyjama Sharks!

DON'T MISS!

You'll start your journey through the depths of the ocean in the bay of Rays. Here you will find an assortment of amazing creatures that are native to the UK including Cownose Rays and Pyjama Sharks!

Feeding Fun!

Our guests can help to feed our native Sharks and Rays every day at the end of our native shark and ray talk at 1pm for just a £1 donation.

 

Feeding Fun!

Our guests can help to feed our native Sharks and Rays every day at the end of our native shark and ray talk at 1pm for just a £1 donation.

 

Great Barrier Reef

Next, prepare to be amazed as you come closer than ever before to amazing colourful assortment of creatures in our Great Barrier Reef exhibit.

Discover something amazing!

Watch them waddle!

Get closer than ever before and learn how to waddle with our 22 adorable Humboldt penguins in their walk-through home!

PENGUIN ISLAND

Penguin Island officially opened in 2015 and is truly unique. Where else can you can get closer than ever before to 22 cheeky penguins literally at your feet? See if you can spot all 22 of them!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

Watch them waddle!

Get closer than ever before and learn how to waddle with our 22 adorable Humboldt penguins in their walk-through home!

Watch them waddle!

Get closer than ever before and learn how to waddle with our 22 adorable Humboldt penguins in their walk-through home!

PENGUIN ISLAND

Penguin Island officially opened in 2015 and is truly unique. Where else can you can get closer than ever before to 22 cheeky penguins literally at your feet? See if you can spot all 22 of them!

PENGUIN ISLAND

Penguin Island officially opened in 2015 and is truly unique. Where else can you can get closer than ever before to 22 cheeky penguins literally at your feet? See if you can spot all 22 of them!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

Octopus Hideout

Be amazed at our brand new Octopus Hideout exhibition newly opened for 2017. Come face-to-face with Barbara the Giant Pacific Octopus and meet our lively Lesser Octopus amongst others as they settle into their brand new home.

Octopuses are the masters of the escape world!

WOW FACT!

Our male Otter Eric is 15 years old, making him the oldest Otter in the entire SEA LIFE estate. Otters in the wild have a life expectancy of 8 years.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Eric and Pumpkin. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

DID YOU KNOW?

Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all species of Otter. Otters have a vocabulary of a dozen or more calls, including a distress call for when they're in trouble or need help.

WOW FACT!

Our male Otter Eric is 15 years old, making him the oldest Otter in the entire SEA LIFE estate. Otters in the wild have a life expectancy of 8 years.

WOW FACT!

Our male Otter Eric is 15 years old, making him the oldest Otter in the entire SEA LIFE estate. Otters in the wild have a life expectancy of 8 years.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Eric and Pumpkin. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Eric and Pumpkin. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

DID YOU KNOW?

Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all species of Otter. Otters have a vocabulary of a dozen or more calls, including a distress call for when they're in trouble or need help.

DID YOU KNOW?

Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all species of Otter. Otters have a vocabulary of a dozen or more calls, including a distress call for when they're in trouble or need help.

Beach Bites Outdoor Adventure Playground

Whatever the weather, there is plenty to do at SEA LIFE Scarborough.

Outdoor fun!

SEAL RESCUE

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Yorkshire's only Seal Hopsital. You'll be able to follow the jounrey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabiliation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 50 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 5 poorly Seal pups at one time. 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 RSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

SEAL RESCUE

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Yorkshire's only Seal Hopsital. You'll be able to follow the jounrey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabiliation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL RESCUE

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to Yorkshire's only Seal Hopsital. You'll be able to follow the jounrey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabiliation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 50 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 5 poorly Seal pups at one time. Each Seal costs over £2,000 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

SEAL REHABILIATION

Each year we rescue over 50 common and grey Seals from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 5 poorly Seal pups at one time. 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 RSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

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 RSPCA to ensure our Seals get the best possible getaway and chance at a healthy life in the wild.

Seal Pool

Visit our main Seal Pool and see our main five resident Seals - Mando, Bruno, Bubbles, Sherbert and Ed. Each of our 5 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.

One of Seals is 26 years old! Can you find out which one?

Zebra Horn Shark

Prepare to be amazed as you come face-to-fin with our incredible Zebra Horn Shark. These amazing creature is a members of the Bullhead Shark family! This Shark is easily distinguishable by its Zebra like etchings.

Port Jackson Shark

Port Jackson Sharks are found in temperate waters in the eastern, western and southern coast of Australia. These sharks are seriously prehistoric looking and lay eggs that are shaped like corkscrews and almost the same size of the mothers head!

Adopt a Shark

Sharks are the most misunderstood creatures in the Ocean. Far from being predators, they face extinction from being preyed upon by humans. Each year over 70 million sharks die needlessly due to Shark Finning. You can help conserve these amazing creatures by picking up a Shark Adoption on site and contributing towards their conservation.

Zebra Horn Shark

Prepare to be amazed as you come face-to-fin with our incredible Zebra Horn Shark. These amazing creature is a members of the Bullhead Shark family! This Shark is easily distinguishable by its Zebra like etchings.

Zebra Horn Shark

Prepare to be amazed as you come face-to-fin with our incredible Zebra Horn Shark. These amazing creature is a members of the Bullhead Shark family! This Shark is easily distinguishable by its Zebra like etchings.

Port Jackson Shark

Port Jackson Sharks are found in temperate waters in the eastern, western and southern coast of Australia. These sharks are seriously prehistoric looking and lay eggs that are shaped like corkscrews and almost the same size of the mothers head!

Port Jackson Shark

Port Jackson Sharks are found in temperate waters in the eastern, western and southern coast of Australia. These sharks are seriously prehistoric looking and lay eggs that are shaped like corkscrews and almost the same size of the mothers head!

Adopt a Shark

Sharks are the most misunderstood creatures in the Ocean. Far from being predators, they face extinction from being preyed upon by humans. Each year over 70 million sharks die needlessly due to Shark Finning. You can help conserve these amazing creatures by picking up a Shark Adoption on site and contributing towards their conservation.

Adopt a Shark

Sharks are the most misunderstood creatures in the Ocean. Far from being predators, they face extinction from being preyed upon by humans. Each year over 70 million sharks die needlessly due to Shark Finning. You can help conserve these amazing creatures by picking up a Shark Adoption on site and contributing towards their conservation.

Ocean Tunnel

Our amazing Ocean Tunnel holds 156,000 litres of natural seawater and is home to over 200 amazing different species of fish and reptiles including our majestic Loggerhead Turtle, Antiopi.

Prepare to be amazed!

WEEDY SEA DRAGONS

Weedy Sea Dragons are native to the Australian coastline and are the masters at camouflage! Look closely and see if you can spot our Weedy Sea Dragons hiding amongst the foliage.

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!

WEEDY SEA DRAGONS

Weedy Sea Dragons are native to the Australian coastline and are the masters at camouflage! Look closely and see if you can spot our Weedy Sea Dragons hiding amongst the foliage.

WEEDY SEA DRAGONS

Weedy Sea Dragons are native to the Australian coastline and are the masters at camouflage! Look closely and see if you can spot our Weedy Sea Dragons hiding amongst the foliage.

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.

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!

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!

Turtle Beach

Come and see the amazing new Turtle Beach and learn all about Turtles lay eggs and nest in the wild. Turtle Beach is a specialist feature designed to help encourage disabled Loggerhead turtle, Antiopi, to lay eggs as she would in her natural environment. Don't miss our other amazing species of turtles including, Snake Neck Turtles and Mississippi Map Turtles!

New for 2016!

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, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this!

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

WOW FACT!

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

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, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this!

GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

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

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

Breed Rescue Protect

Conservation is at the heart of what we do at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary. 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. In this area you find find out more about what SEA LIFE and the SEA LIFE Trust are doing to help threatened marine life and perhaps help us out yourself by signing one of our petitions or picking up a free sustainable seafood guide.

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