Underwater World Langkawi
Nowhere else in Malaysia would one be able to view a larger collection of aquatic life of over 500 species than at Underwater World Langkawi, which is also the largest aquarium in Malaysia today. Visit more than 4000 varieties of animals and sea creatures in more than 100 specially designed tanks.
Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia.
Since the start of its operation on 26 August 1995, it has become one of the must visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.
The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Knowledge, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.
Unique to Underwater World Langkawi is the gigantic 15-meter long walk-through tunnel consisting of 600,000 liter seawater which houses many big fishes and sea creatures.
Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilian Section and the Coral Reef Section.
The 34,701 square foot oceanarium is located adjacent to a duty free shopping centre, food and beverages. Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.
A new building (with 60,000 sq. ft built-up area) which displays Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic Ecosystems was opened to the public in early 2005. The Temperate and Sub-Antarctic Ecosystem Display includes spectacular “penguinariums” with an underwater tunnel for visitors to view swimming penguins.
|Animal Feeding Sessions (commencing 1st October 2011)|
|African Penguin||11:00 am and 2:45 pm daily|
|Rockhopper Penguin||11:15 am and 3:00 pm daily|
|Furseal||02:30 pm daily|
|Tunnel Tank||03:30 pm daily|
i) The Sub – Antarctic Section
Measuring 18 – 23 inches, the Rockhopper penguins are the smallest of the crested penguins. The twenty (20) penguins were brought to UWL on December 16, 2003 from Johannesburg, South Africa (the penguins originated from Nightingale Island in the South Atlantic Ocean).
These penguins are called “Rockhoppers” because they jump from rock to rock. They feed on crustaceans, squids and small fish. These penguins are characterised by their yellow feathers or “eyebrows” on their heads, forming a drooping crest. Laying eggs only twice a year, these penguins are threatened by natural and introduced predators, fishing, egg collecting and pollution.
ii) The Temperate Section
Southern Fur Seals are seen here at play and at feeding times. These Southern Fur Seals are social mammals and are found from Southern Peru (Paracas Peninsula) to Cape Horn on the Pacific side and northward to Southern Brazil on the Atlantic side. They are also found in the Falkland Islands, Staten Island and Escondida Island. They can dive to depths of up to 170m for up to 7 minutes. While resting at the surface they spend a considerable time grooming and may assume many poses, including waving both hind flippers.
A walk through the 8–meter underwater penguin Tunnel will enable visitors to observe the Blackfooted (African) penguins swimming around in an environment very similar to their natural environment. This area is fully equipped with a life support system that adheres to international standards set by the US Agriculture department.
iii) The Tropical Rainforest Section
This section takes visitors through a journey to the heart of the Amazon River. Visitors will be able to see rainforest inhabitants such as Marmoset.
Among the tropical fish on display here are the Pacu, Knifefish, Temoleh, Giant Gouramy and various species of Arowanas.
In addition, visitors can observe Mute Swans, Flamingos and the playful Mandarin ducks. Ground and flight birds flutter freely for observation in an environment close to their natural habitat.
iv) The Freshwater Section
This section displays a comprehensive array of other freshwater fish and aquatic life from Southeast Asia, the Amazon, Africa and Australia such as the Bala Shark, and various species of Garfish, Catfish, Matamata and Stingray.
Visitors will also be able to view a collection of exotic Turtles, Snapping Alligators, the Red–eared Slider and Albino Turtles. Arapaima, the largest freshwater fish can be seen in the preview tank.
v) The Marine Life Section
This section is made up of the Hexagonal Tank, Tunnel Tank and numerous smaller tanks housing various species of fish, invertebrates and crustaceans. Among the fish in the 70,000 litre Hexagonal Tank are the Black Tip and White Tip Shark.
Venture into the deep sea along a 15-meter long tunnel, where you will experience being surrounded by Sharks, Giant Rays and Giant Grouper.
Other tanks house the Sea Horse, Lion Fish, Giant Clam, Pufferfish, Sea Anemones, Hermit Crabs and more.
vi) The Coral Section
This underwater garden with an explosion of delightful colours is part of the living treasures of the ocean’s delicate ecosystem.
Giant Clams, Damsels, Wrasses and other types of coral provide visitors with a glimpse of the symbiotic relationship that exists among the inhabitants of the coral reefs.
vii) Koi Pond
Koi Pond is set in a lush and vibrant tropical setting with splashing sound of cascading waterfall. The Eastern Gem, the Japanese Carp together with local catfish, the Silver Dollar, Sebarau, Kelah and Cichlids are found here. Visitors who wish to feed the fish can purchase specially packed fish food at the ticketing counter.
There will be an additional surcharge RM3 per person for UWL’s entrance fee starting from 1st December 2016. Everyday, UWL will feed at least 70kg of food supply to their fantastic animals. Without realizing it, you are actually helping them in maintaining their animals by paying the additional surcharge. Help them to sustain these adorable creatures!
Did You Know?
An interesting fact about penguins is that they are known to be very loyal to their partner. They would not change their couple for the rest of their lives.
i) African Penguin (Black Footed Penguin)
Each African penguins in the world have different pattern of line and spots on their chest. This symbolize their own identity just like human’s thumb print.
Do you know that penguins are birds but they cannot fly?
Penguins cannot fly, but can swim very well. African penguins can swim at 4.3 to 15 miles per hour. The African penguin is also known as the Jackass penguin because of the donkey- or jackass-like sounds it makes.
ii) Rockhopper Penguin
The Rockhopper Penguins have yellow and black crests on their forehead. In the world, there are 6 species of crested penguin and Rockhopper Penguin is the smallest and aggresive among them.
Do you know why Rockhopper Penguins are called “rockhoppers”?
Rockhopper penguins are called “rockhoppers” because they jump from rock to rock. They are 22 inches (55cm) and weigh about 6 pounds (3 kg). They have waterproof feathers that keep their skin dry. Each year they lose their old feathers and grow new ones.
Nautilus moves by jet-propulsion. It ejects huge amount of water through a siphon. Position of the siphon determines in which direction nautilus will travel.
iv) Discus Fish
Unlike other fishes, Discus fishes they display moods and personalities. In addition, they have the ability to recognize the person taking care of them.
The Lionfish are a nocturnal family of fish that live in holes and caves and only come out at night to hunt. Lionfish hunt in groups and feed mainly on crustaceans.
They are found in all temperate and tropical seas and most are found in the Indo-pacific.
Lionfish sometimes spread their fins and herd small fish into confined spaces so it will be easier to eat them.
Do you know that Lionfish are poisonous?
The spines in their dorsal fins are poisonous and their stings can sometimes result in death.
vi) Chinese Water Dragons
Chinese Water Dragons can sleep in the water, with just their nostrils protruding. In cold weather before they go into their winter dormancy (hibernation), sleeping in the water overnight, is actually warmer than sleeping in the open.
Marmoset is derived from the French “marmouset” which means, loosely, shrimp or dwarf.
Do you know that the marmoset is the smallest monkey found in the Amazon?
The Marmoset is about 7-12 inches long and has a tail which is about 8-16 inches longer than its body. The small size is beneficial because when faced with danger the marmoset will hide behind leaves, thus becoming invisible to predators. Marmoset can be found in the highest parts of the rainforest canopy.
viii) Sea Jelly
Sea Jelly species, it turns out, have been around for at least 600 million years – before dinosaurs, insects or trees.
ix) Giant Grouper – Epinephelus lanceolatus
A slow-growing fish and lives up to or beyond 50 years.
Largest of all coral reef-dwelling bony fish.
Common length up to 8 feet (2.5 m) and maximum weight of 300 kg.
Giant grouper starts out life as female and then later can switch to male. It is called Protogynous hermaphrodite.
When seahorses find a mate, they wrap their tails around each other so the tide doesn’t drift them apart. They have that one mate for the rest of their lives. When the mate dies, they do too.
xi) Sea Stars
Sea stars have no brains and no blood. Their nervous system is spread through their arms and their “blood” is actually filtered sea water. Most sea stars also have the remarkable ability to consume prey outside their bodies. Using tiny, suction-cupped tube feet, they pry open clams or oysters, and their sack-like cardiac stomach emerges from their mouth and oozes inside the shell. The stomach then envelops the prey to digest it, and finally withdraws back into the body.
xii) Hermit Crabs
Hermit Crabs are very social animals and can live 10 years or more, changing shells, molting several times throughout their lives and growing up to six inches in length. They’re quite docile, so have fun watching them as they interact, climb and explore with their habitat mates.Some Hermit Crab species live on land and others are water dwellers, but all Hermit Crab species are born in the ocean.
Like other crab, hermit crab has no backbone -it is invertebrate. The shell they are in isn’t theirs and they have borrowed it from a seashell! When a crab gets too big for its shell, it move to another one. That’s why hermit crab needs to have another shell in his habitat, in case he needs to move to a bigger home. So be sure to have variety of shells available.
The skink tends to spend a great deal of time in the trees. In fact, they will live their entire lives there if possible.
xiv) Feather Duster Tube Worm
It may not sound glamorous but these marine creatures can often be quite beautiful, with long, flowing appendages of red, green, orange, gray or other colors. These flowery tops are actually clusters of branched tentacles attached to the sides of the worms’ heads and are essential to the worms’ survival. Feather duster worms may be found on their own or in groups, often mixing with other types of sea creatures including coral, other marine worms and anemones.
Do you know that Corals are animals?
Coral polyps are small marine invertebrate animals and live in large colonies. There are two types of corals, hard and soft. Hard corals have rock-like chalky skeleton. Huge colonies of hard corals form coral reefs. Soft corals do not have hard skeleton. A coral polyp begins life as a tiny swimming larva the size of pinhead. It settles on hard support and remains there. It reproduces by budding (identical polyp sprouts out of polyp’s side) or by sexual reproduction. When polyp dies, the chalky skeleton remains and another polyp will grow on top of the old one.
xvi) Giant Spider Crab
The giant spider crab is the largest known living arthropod and may live up to 100 years. The Japanese name for this species is taka-ashi-gani literally translating to “tall legs crab”. Their armored exoskeletons help protect them from larger predators such as octopus, but giant spider crabs also use camouflage. The crab’s bumpy carapace blends into the rocky ocean floor. To further illusion, a spider crab will adorn it’s shell with sponges and other animals.
Underwater World Langkawi
Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang,07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: 604-955 6100
Fax: 604-955 6103
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