The National Sea Life Centre
is an aquarium
with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace
. Its one-million-litre ocean tank houses giant green sea turtles
, blacktip reef sharks
and tropical reef fish, with a fully transparent underwater tunnel. The building was designed by Sir Norman Foster
It is alongside the Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal
by Old Turn Junction
and opposite the National Indoor Arena
. Opening took place in the spring of 1996. In the Victorian era
, the site was the location of two canal basins in Oozells Street Wharf.
The National Sea Life Centre has an extensive seahorse breeding programme, with many species of newly reared seahorses in tanks viewable by visitors.
In other displays, it has a Japanese spider crab, as well as horseshoe crabs, Lee Morgan's crabs, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and otter.
It was voted Aquarium of the Year and Warwickshire
Family Attraction of the Year (despite not being in the current administrative county
of Warwickshire) by the Good Britain Guide 2004.