Sea Life Aquarium, Michigan’s largest aquarium is offering free entry for health care workers Monday — Friday during the event period, May 3rd — 28th, to thank them for all their hard work. They can bring up to 4 friends whose admission will be 50% off the regular price. If you’d like to take advantage of this generous opportunity, book your tickets in advance online and use the promo code: HEALTHCARE.
Now through May 7th, Sea Life Aquarium is holding a “Become a Marine Biologist for a Day Contest.” It is open to Michigan-area 6th-12th grade students who dream of becoming Marine Biologists. Students can enter by writing a 250–1000 word essay stating why they want a career working with marine animals like sharks and sea turtles.
There will be one winner chosen to spend Wednesday, May 26th at Sea Life Aquarium learning how to test water, feed the turtles, assist the staff in preparing food for the animals and so much more! Visit them online for more details.
Sea Life Aquarium boasts 2000 creatures and over 250 species including live coral. A highlight is their Tropical Ocean Exhibit. Visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel and get “face to fin” with sea turtles, sharks, and many other creatures. This exhibit alone contains a whopping 125,000 gallons of water! Every week it is cleaned by SCUBA divers!
Another crowd favorite is the Interactive Touchpool. This exhibit allows guests to actually pet a sea star and run their fingers over its bumpy, leathery-feeling shell or touch a sticky-feeling sea anemone, which are often referred to as underwater flowers.
Stingray Beach is a must-see while you are visiting! Guests actually walk on a sandy “beach” amongst palm trees and watch stingrays soar by. Be on the look out for eels, live coral, fish, and shark eggs attached to the rocks. There are at least 150 creatures in the 3000 gallon tank!
In the Shipwreck Exhibit you will find some marine creatures with names that make you think they should be on land instead of in the sea. There is a 6-foot long wolf eel, a lion fish, and a porcupine puffer!
There are many other exhibits to view like the soothing, hypnotic jellies or the mangrove of seahorses. There are lobsters and crabs. And don’t miss the giant green moray eel!
There is also a freshwater habitat showcasing native-to-Michigan creatures. Sea Life Aquarium works with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other conservation organizations to repopulate healthy lake sturgeon in our Michigan waters. Sturgeon are one of the few animals to eat species harmful to our lakes, like zebra mussels. Due to habitat destruction and their slow reproductive cycles, they are threatened. Females don’t mature until they are 20 years old and only lay eggs every 3–5 years.
Due to Covid, all Sea Life Aquarium tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Sea Life Aquarium is located in the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets mall at 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.