Day trips to MERC expose visitors to the important work conducted through a guided tour. Visitors are first shown an introductory video presentation that provides an overview of MERC, followed by a personalized guided tour around the displays where intricate details of marine life are revealed such as the unique physical feature of the body of the clown fish which is coated with special mucus that protects it from the anemone’s toxic stings. They then have the chance to get up, close and personal to less sensitive marine life via the touch pool, caressing species such as the horseshoe crab, with its hard, curved protective shell.
Day trips can be tied in with a sumptuous 4-course meal at the Alu-Alu Seafood Restaurant of Gayana Eco Resort for those who are keen on indulging in the atmosphere of this exotic, private island resort.
A new addition to MERC’s offerings is the birthday package; suitable for kids aged 9 to 12. Kids are treated to an activity-filled day at the centre – learning about the delicate lives of our marine life in a fun and interactive way. The day brings a treasure hunt, coloring competition and other exhilarating games which keep the young hearts at play. Refreshments are served to keep energy levels high, and not forgetting the birthday cake!
A Day as a Marine Biologist
Ever wondered what it takes to become a Marine Biologist? If yes, then sign up and work with our Marine Biologists and spend A Day as a Marine Biologist. One can choose from four packages – all programmes consist of a day-long experience which will provide a glimpse behind the scenes of marine biologists and the painstaking work and research that goes into producing giant clams and restoring them to the reefs.
Adopt a Coral
At MERC, there is a strong belief that directly involving visitors in conservation work instils a sense of responsibility and ownership in caring for the environment. Through positive interaction, there is a much higher chance of convincing our visitors how delicate corals are, and prove that everyone can play a role in saving our marine life.
Visitors can choose a piece of hard coral fragment to plant. Visitors ‘plant’ the coral pieces into specially prepared cement-base plates, which are then labelled and left to stabilize in the centre’s holding tanks for at least two weeks, monitored by our marine biologists before it is planted in the Coral Garden in the sea.
- A Day as a Marine Biologist