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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary
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US$12.54*
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Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary General Admission
Ranked #15 of 53 things to do in Oban
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Owner description: Join us for a great family day out in the stunning surroundings of Loch Creran. Visit the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, home to a spectacular aquarium as well as Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. Journey through over 50 marine displays and get up close to majestic sharks, graceful rays and enchanting seahorses. Meet our adorable seals and hear the touching stories behind their rescues or visit our playful otters. Look out for rare red squirrels and other local wildlife as you explore our Nutkins Nature Trail or have an adventure in our Forest Adventure Play Area. Afterwards, take a well-deserved rest in our Shoreline Coffee Shop and soak up the best views of Loch Creran. With fun talks and feeding displays as well as so much to see and do, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather!
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Rescue and conservation at its best , the seals and otter are beautiful , amazing to get so close , fab staff

Thank Fiona S
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thanks Fiona for your 5* review of our Sanctuary, I'll pass your fin-tastic comments on to our team.

I do hope you'll be back to visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We booked a Breakfast with the Seals experience. Our son is Autistic and staff were made aware prior to our visit and they blew us away with their patience and understanding of ASD. Poor Zoe couldnt get a word in edgeways for our son spouting seal facts and the chap who was in the enclosure whilst our son was feeding/interacting with the seals was brilliant. Seals were very accomodating too LOL. Did all their tricks for us.
The centre in general was very well stocked and fun to explore and we had a noce big breakfast in the cafe afterwards as we had been there early to give the seals their brekki - again this was scrummy
We enjoyed the whole experience so much we have adopted a seal, and now Boo has pride of place in our sons bedroom wall.
Cant wait to come visit Boo again very soon

1  Thank Ails74
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thank you for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary.

We are delighted that both you and your son enjoyed your breakfast with the seals experience, it sounds like you both had a lovely morning and I will be sure to pass your comments on to Zoe and the rest of our team!

I do hope you'll be back to visit Boo & co. very soon.

Thanks!

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the sanctuary. Lots of fish to look at, a quiz for the kids as you go round, seals and otters - not to mention fantastic views! We booked our tickets online before going and got a discount. Admission once allows re-admission within a certain timescale.

Thank Julie B
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary.

We are delighted you and your kids had a great time and took advantage of the quiz and everything we have to offer.

I hope you'll be back to SEA us again very soon!

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

I'm from the UK but brought some American family to Oban for a trip this week and thought it'd be fun to see an aquarium centre. Having taken the kids to sealife loch Lomond and Edinburgh I thought we would be on to a winner. Not so... They opened the front door late. None of the exhibits had heating or adequate lighting. Really uncomfortable facility to spend time it. They constantly ask for money, essentially echo begging, but they don't seem willing to put the effort in to make it an enjoyable place to be. They did give 7 day access with the tickets but given we spent an hour there and went home I can't see why I would want to go back even if it was free... Would not recommend for adults or children.

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hi, thanks for your feedback following your recent visit to our Sanctuary. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. I will feedback your comments to our team as we are all very passionate about the Sanctuary.
We open at 10am daily so I will pass your comments to the team to determine the cause of the late opening.
We have been investing in the Sanctuary over the past few years, with a major programme of renovations beginning three years ago which is still ongoing. The most recent area to be improved was the seal pool which re-opened in February. Our seal pools are cleaned regularly. The water in them is pumped directly from Loch Creran and recent weather conditions can affect the clarity of the water in the Loch.
Again, our fish are housed in displays which mimic their natural habitat. For some species who would naturally be found in the open ocean or deep water this means their displays contain less vegetation.
We are subject to regular vet and zoo licensing inspections and would never keep any animal in an enclosure that was unsuitable for it.
We have an aquarium full of interesting species such as axolotl, turtles and native sharks; an interactive Conservation Cove area where children can learn about the issues facing marine wildlife, a kids’ quiz trail which children can earn medals for completing; an interactive touchpool where visitors can touch and hold sea creatures; daily talks and feeding displays; a shoreline walk and Nutkins nature trail. We do encourage customers to take part in and engage with as many of these activities as possible to really get the most out of their visit.
We hope you will visit us again in future and experience everything we have to offer.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

We were back in the car in less than an hour. One lone otter showing stereotypical behaviour of a captive animal. It was quite sad to see the open Loch just over the fence of the enclosure. There were no notices or information displayed explaining as to why this poor animal was being kept this way. Other fish tanks were small and with very little enrichment, one even had plastic weed. If this is the improved seal pool I dread to think how bad it was before. Felt very disappointed and would not recommend this place, despite the cause.

Thank J C
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hi, thanks for your feedback following your recent visit to our Sanctuary. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. I will feedback your comments to our team as we are all very passionate about the Sanctuary.

Our otter enclosure is designed to not only replicate our otter, Lewis’, natural habitat but to give him plenty of areas to hide if he does not feel like being on display, the wellbeing of our creatures is always our top priority. Lewis sadly lost his partner a couple of years ago. He is an older animal and finding a suitable replacement companion is proving tricky. In the meantime our team is doing extra enrichment and training with him to ensure he is not lonely. He is a favourite of many of our staff and visitors alike.

We have been investing in the Sanctuary over the past few years, with a major programme of renovations beginning three years ago which is still ongoing. The most recent area to be improved was the seal pool which re-opened in February. Our seal pools are cleaned regularly. The water in them is pumped directly from Loch Creran and recent weather conditions can affect the clarity of the water in the Loch.

Again, our fish are housed in displays which mimic their natural habitat. For some species who would naturally be found in the open ocean or deep water this means their displays contain less vegetation.
We are subject to regular vet and zoo licensing inspections and would never keep any animal in an enclosure that was unsuitable for it.

We have an aquarium full of interesting species such as axolotl, turtles and native sharks; an interactive Conservation Cove area where children can learn about the issues facing marine wildlife, a kids’ quiz trail which children can earn medals for completing; an interactive touchpool where visitors can touch and hold sea creatures; daily talks and feeding displays; a shoreline walk and Nutkins nature trail. We do encourage customers to take part in and engage with as many of these activities as possible to really get the most out of their visit.

We hope you will visit us again in future and experience everything we have to offer.

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