SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases thousands of sea creatures, allowing visitors to come face to face with animals never-before-seen in Minnesota. The transformation from Underwater Adventures to SEA LIFE, complete in March 2011, made it the third U.S.-based SEA LIFE location. With the newly opened Mysteries of the Rainforest in 2012, and Jellyfish Discovery in 2010, there is always something new and exciting for guest to discover. With the addition of the Pacific Northwest Rockpool and Stingray Adventure in Spring 2015, SEA LIFE Minnesota continues to feature more fascinating displays and creative hands-on activities, giving kids and families a new level of excitement and understanding of the world's oceans.
Many of our creatures are on the endangered list. They have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild or have been born and bred as part of our SEA LIFE Conservation Projects. Read below to explore some of SEA LIFE Minnesota's most popular exhibits and the animals that live within them!
Pacific North West Rockpool
White spotted anemones
Green surf anemones
Fish eating anemones
Shellfish Allergy Warning: Please be advised that we feed shrimp and fish to the stingrays.
Green Sea Turtles
Adult Green Sea Turtles are completely herbivorous, apart from when they are young and will occasionally eat small fish and Jellyfish. As adults, they usually feed on sea grasses and algae, which has the effect of turning their body fat green. Hence their name!
Unlike fish, turtles have to breathe air and are often seen in the wild coming to the surface so that they can take in a lungful of air. This, unfortunately, makes them vulnerable to boat strikes.
The Green Sea Turtle may be found in subtropical and tropical seas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the turtle is that the females will travel thousands of miles across the oceans to lay their eggs on the same beach that they were born on.
SEA LIFE Minnesota is currently the only Aquarium with a male and female Sawfish. If these Sawfish mate, they would be the first of their kind to produce offspring within captivity!
Green Sawfish have narrow, protruding snouts, which are lined with teeth arranged to resemble a saw. They use their rostrum, covered with electrosensitive pores, to sense prey in the area. Sawfish can grow up to be over 23 feet long; much of the length comes from their rostrum! They are usually found in tropical and warmer near-shore waters in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific.
Sand Tiger Sharks
Sand Tiger Sharks – or Carcharias taurus - diet consists only of small fish, Crustaceans and Squid. They are found in warm or temperate waters throughout the world’s oceans, with the exception of the Eastern Pacific.
The Sand Tiger Shark has one curious habit. They are the only shark we know of that comes up to the surface of the water and takes gulps of air, which they hold in their stomach. This clever trick enables them to achieve neutral buoyancy and float motionless in the water, waiting for prey.
SEA LIFE Minnesota's famous 300ft long tunnel includes 4 tanks:
Home to a Nurse Shark, Zebra Shark, Bamboo Sharks, Cownose Stingrays, Bird Wrasse, Remora, Sohal Tang, and many other tropical fish! Snorkel opportunities are available in this tank.
Home to Sandtiger Sharks, Brown Sharks, Green Sawfish, Nurse Sharks, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Guitarfish, Jacks, Cobia, and many other vicious predators!
Home to Black Pacu, Midas Cichlid, Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, and many other exotic species!
Home to Alligator Gar, Lake Sturgeon, Large Mouth Bass, Muskellunge and many other familiar fish!
Unlike most other marine creatures, and despite their stunning beauty and great variety, jellyfish are rarely given the attention they deserve. Now you can marvel at their infinite colors, graceful motion and ghost-like forms in a spellbinding spectacle that reveals their mysterious lives and world in a new light.
Jellyfish have no nerves; no blood, no heart and no brain, and their bodies consist 95% of water! A species of jellyfish, the Box Jellyfish (Sea Wasp) kills more people than any other marine creature each year!
As creatures with visual sense they are a wonder of nature and move like ghosts through the water. They swim around by contracting movements of their umbrella or float easily.
Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years. Different species of jellyfish can be found in all the worlds’ oceans, which means that they outdate both dinosaurs and sharks. Jellyfish have sense organs to perceive smell, light and other animals.