Top 8 Things to do at Ocean Park!

Our Brandon journalists went on the hunt for Ocean Park’s top features and experiences. They shared their findings below!

 

THE TOP ANIMALS TO SEE!!

1. The Blue Poisonous Dart Frog

The blue poisonous dart frog is commonly found in South America and in other rainforests. It is a miniature frog, no larger than half a pair of adult sunglasses, measuring 5 centimetres in length. The blue poisonous dart frog can move quickly around the dense and damp forest floor to seek shelter from predators. Its poisonous blue skin is used to protect itself from predators.

By Matthew and Liam

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2. The Green Anaconda

The green Anaconda is the largest known snake; it can grow to 9 meters long.

How anacondas kill their prey? They strangle their prey and squeeze the life out of them. The mothers are also devoted to their children. A mother may lose half of her weight after giving birth to 20 to 30 babies.

By Matthew and Liam

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3. The Arapaima

The Arapaima is found in rivers in damp rainforests. They live in water but come out of the surface every 5 to 15 minutes for air, like a human must come up to breathe when underwater. Because of this, they are very easy to fish and may become endangered if they don’t stop getting fished or don’t adapt towards the changing environment caused by humans.

There used to be a lot of them in the Amazon River, but they are all gone.

By Matthew and Liam

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4. The Red Tailed Catfish

The red tailed catfish is almost like a water dog, because it is highly alert. Instead of barking, they make clicking sounds when they sense any potential danger.

By Matthew and Liam

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5. The Penguins

The amazing penguins we saw in the park were cute and funny. The way they were walking was cute.

Penguins can be seen in the Grand Aquarium, right when you enter the park.

By Hailey, Anson and Sarah

 

THE RIDES!!

1. The Cable Car

Riding Ocean Park’s world famous Cable car is the ideal way to get between the Waterfront and the Summit. During the journey, we can enjoy the beautiful view of the South China Sea. The cable car feels like a giant moving ferris wheel. It is one of the most famous attractions and one of the most taken internal transportations.

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Basic information

  •       Length: 1.5 km
  •       Time: About 8 minutes
  •       Number of cable cars:256
  •       Capacity: 6 per car, 4000 people per hour

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The beautiful view of the South China Sea

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The view of Ocean Park

By Isaac, Carson and Marcus

 

2. The Ocean Express

The Ocean Express is a funicular tram. It is the main transportation connecting The Waterfront with The Summit. The Ocean Express is generally preferred over the Cable Car as it’s faster, and there is aircon. It is great being cooler because if it was a hot summer day you need to have some aircon!

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I also think that it is great because there are different videos in each way you go! Also the Ocean Express is very entertaining for your children. And you can also see different animals from the videos!

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The dolphins on the ceiling

By Anson, Hailey and Sarah

 

 

 

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The Big Gulper

In a galaxy far, far away called Ocean Park, you’ll find the Arapaima. The Arapaimas are air breathers and they go up to the surface every 5-15 minutes. They can do this because they have modified swim bladder functions like a lung and extract oxygen from the air. They grow to about 110cm long!

They incubate eggs inside their mouths and they attract babies by producing a special chemical. Unfortunately they are now becoming very rare because of hunting and also natural causes such as habitat loss and also drying up.

By Nathan, Aidan and Jamie

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Gigantic Anaconda Writhing Restlessly Under Water

We saw the green Anaconda in Ocean Park, Hong Kong today. It had really large green scales and it was dozing underwater when we arrived. Then, it awoke and started writhing restlessly towards a rock. Maybe it was irritated by the changing climate outside?

Did you know that green anacondas are one of the most endangered snakes in the world? Green anacondas are gigantic amphibians. They can grow up to nine meters long – as tall as five basketball players! They feast on small mammals like rats and rabbits. The special thing about green anacondas is that they give live birth to their young rather than laying eggs! Isn’t that interesting? We hope to reveal more secrets about this mysterious amphibian over time!

By Daniel and Ailie

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The Glowing Yellow Beak

“The sky’s getting dark….”

“Yeah, we should get going… But first let’s pass by the rainforest. I’ve heard there are many interesting animals there.”

Well, that was a horrible decision. When we got there, our vision was blind as a bat. The darkness almost covered everything. We were planning to go until…

“Hey, what is that?”

I turned my head to see nothing but a bright, puffed up, yellow beak floating in the air.

“Well that’s creepy..”

“That’s a… Cur-ra-sow? I recognise its unique beak.”

We saw a black feathered bird that lurked in the trees of the rainforest. Unlike other birds, the Curassow forages in the trees and on the ground. They are not carnivores, and mainly eat fruits and berries. That’s why the Curassow is recognised as a seed disperser.

That’s not the main reason why the Curassow stands out from other birds. Its beak is like no other. There is a bulge in its beak, but don’t worry, they are not infected with any disease. The Glowing Yellow Beak.

 

By Vanessa and Crystal

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