Monkey Business and Peacocks on Sentosa

Before we went into Underwater World at Sentosa last Saturday, we passed by a group of peacocks that were hanging out on a grassy knoll.  This area is situated on the other side of a drainage ditch from a sitting area where people eat.  The drainage ditch is very small, so the peacocks go back and forth, begging for food.

Closer to the entrance to Underwater World we saw another peacock strutting its stuff on the road.

In the same area we saw some monkey business.  Literally.

Seeing peacocks on Sentosa was nothing new to me.  It’s neat, but I’d seen one there on my last trip.  It was in the sitting area of a cafe on the upper part of the island, looking for hand-outs.

The monkeys were what really excited me.  My wife has told me a story a few times about how she saw monkeys in the trees around the Bedok Reservoir.  I always listened attentively because it’s so unusual to think that there might be monkeys hanging out in the neighborhood park.  In the US the only place you’re going to see monkeys is in a zoo.  We went to Bedok Reservoir a few times and I always kept my camera ready, just in case, but I never got lucky with seeing them there.

I was really excited when I spotted the monkey sitting on the sign so I walked over and took a photo.  Then I noticed the monkey up in the tree.  I’m not sure if there’s anything in that plastic bag he’s carrying.  Maybe it smelled of food.  Before long I spotted another monkey off to the left.  Then I saw a baby monkey in the tree above a sign for Fort Siloso.

The locals, and those who seemed to be from this area, walked on by as if it were nothing special, but almost all of the Caucasian people stopped to take photos.  I suppose it’s just a matter of what you’re used to seeing in the woods around your house.  Perhaps the locals would stop if they saw a stag?  There’s nothing entertaining or interesting to me about a deer, but maybe they would think it was interesting because it was unusual to them.

Sentosa’s Underwater World

My wife and I last went to Sentosa in September of last year.  We showed up in the late afternoon so we didn’t get to do much, but we had a great time and planned to go back.

Today, we finally got that opportunity.

Our main objective for the trip was Underwater World.  The first time we went there I was really interested in it, but we ran out of time.  Later, I saw photos from someone else’s trip and got even more excited to go.  So, we headed straight for it.  The line to get tickets was rather long, but it only took about 20 minutes to get through.  Afterwards we took a short break to get something to drink before heading into the Underwater World area.

In the entrance to Underwater World there are a lot of tanks built into the walls where you can view some of the smaller fish.  There’s also a petting tank and a “feed the manta ray” tank.  That one was pretty interesting.  The rays in it were so used to being fed by people that if you stood near the tank they would come over to you and half flop out of the water expecting you to drop food.

After you pass into the main exhibit area the tanks for the fish get larger.  One of the more interesting tanks had Japanese Giant Spider Crabs in it.  Full grown, their front claws can be 6 feet across or more!

Just past the crabs is an area with a lot of jellyfish that are neat to look at.  One of the tanks, with the jellyfish shown in red in the picture above, rotates the ambient lighting in the water and as the lighting changes the color of the jellyfish changes.

One you go through this area you can head into the underwater tunnel.  The underwater tunnel is a long tunnel with a plexiglass dome so that you can see the fish all around you and above you.  There is a travelator along the left side and a regular floor along the right side, so you can either ride through and look around or jump off to snap a few pictures.  While riding through this area we saw a lot of large and small fish.  We also saw some divers in the tank feeding the fish.  You can see some shots of the fish in the tunnel-tank below.

(We calld this guy the “Nom Nom Nom Ray” because he was constantly munching on something and grinning at us!)