According to various local news.
HK Ocean Park was crowded with guests on 1st day of the Easter Holidays.
Ocean Park opens new jellyfish aquarium
Ocean Park has unveiled a jellyfish aquarium. And in what is seen as a preview of things to come, with a HK$5.5 billion refurbishment due to begin in September, the park opened two restaurants with stunning sea views, the first new additions to the park in 20 years.
Source : OrisunOcean Park has unveiled a jellyfish aquarium. And in what is seen as a preview of things to come, with a HK$5.5 billion refurbishment due to begin in September, the park opened two restaurants with stunning sea views, the first new additions to the park in 20 years.
The HK$6 million aquarium will house more than 1,000 jellyfish, some of which are never seen in Hong Kong waters. About 10 are said to be rare species.
Park chairman Allan Zeman, dressed in a jellyfish costume, told guests at the opening ceremony Monday the aquarium will help teach people about the importance of clean oceans. The park previously exhibited jellyfish in another aquarium and, noting the intensity of public interest, decided to build a second aquarium especially for the delicate creatures.
"We noticed that people stood and watched them for long, long time, so we decided to help people get a better understanding of jellyfish and their place in marine ecology," Zeman said.
The newly opened aquarium and restaurants are next to the upper cable car station and cost HK$28 million.
The aquarium has 3,000 square feet of display area and a 1,500 sq ft "conservation room" to breed jellyfish.
"The design of the theater-like display rooms with music and special lights is unique, compared to ones in the United States and Japan," Ocean Park curator David Lai Yiu-nam said.
About 60 percent of the jellyfish come from overseas, 30 percent are bred here and the rest obtained from local waters.
The re is an interactive zone for children to play "touch and go" with jellyfish which move away when a screen is touched.
"Jellyfish are fragile and very difficult to keep," Lai said. The life cycle of a jellyfish is about six months so the park must breed 400 to 500 jellyfish a month.
The Standard News HK
Rainforest experience for park visitors
Visitors to Ocean Park will be able to spend an afternoon in a rainforest, complete with snakes, lizards, frogs, insects and other creepy crawlies.
Source : The Standard News HKThere is also a section for rare fish and giant tortoises from South America, Indian Ocean islands, Cuba and the mainland.
The new attraction comes only days after the park opened its Jellyfish Aquarium and two new restaurants in a bid to attract more Easter and May Day holidaymakers than the 300,000 who turned up last year.
Theme park chief executive Tom Mehrmann said Thursday the new attraction allows visitors to get close to nature and even dine with the creatures.
"One of the new additions is the Aldabran tortoise which, at 1.2 meters and weighing 250 kilograms, is the second largest in the world," Mehrmann said.
Visitors might have to spend some time to find the iguanas and chameleons as they tend to change their colors to protect themselves.
Holidaymakers will be allowed to catch some insects and snakes under the supervision of park staff.
The park's zoological operations director, Suzanne Gendron, said more than HK$1 million was spent to get the various creatures for the rainforest.
"We have 24-hour security and every display box is locked," Gendron said.
Mehrmann said the rainforest can accommodate around 1,000 visitors per hour, about the same capacity as the Jellyfish Aquarium.
The rainforest exhibition opens today and ends on May 7, the last day of the "Golden Week" holiday. From today, visitors will also be allowed to feed the sealions.