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Old March 12th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #821
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I think they should a least try to bring the whale sharks here and do some studies about them. Yeah it is true that things may have gone bad for Atlanta Oceanarium ( which is in mainland georgia ). Furthermore ours is the world biggest oceanarium with a facility of research for marine life. To study them, we should at least retry. So , lets do a petition for having the whale sharks ......
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Old March 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #822
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yea the current largest aquarium in the world is Geogia. It has abt 100,000 animals in 8 billion gallons of water...

comparatively, RW has 700,000 animals in 20 billion gallons of water. Several times larger than previous record holder!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:25 PM   #823
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Photos taken on March 2:


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Universal Studios Jurassic Park Rapids Ride

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http://www.thethemeparkguy.com/park/...ios-singapore/
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Old March 17th, 2009, 05:12 AM   #824
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def a nice site ya have thethemeparkguy!
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 02:54 AM   #825
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Casino whale sharks anger conservationists

SINGAPORE - Animal welfare groups have launched an online campaign opposing plans by a Singapore casino developer to import whale sharks for its planned aquarium.

Resorts World at Sentosa is building a casino that will feature a Marine Life Park set to become the world's biggest seawater aquarium.

But the animal welfare organisations, including the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, oppose having whale sharks in the facility.

"No man-made environment, no matter how large, could accommodate the needs of a whale shark," they said in a statement.

"Whale sharks can dive up to 980 metres (3,234 feet) and migrate over 13,000 kms (8,060 miles) and evidence has shown that they fare poorly in captivity."

They cited the case of two whale sharks that died within five months of each other in a "state-of-the-art" aquarium in the United States.

Campaign coordinator Jaki Teo told AFP, "We hope government organisations will support us on this because this concerns Singapore's international image.

"It's not just a tourist attraction, people will come and say 'what's a whale shark doing in Singapore?’.”

Resorts World at Sentosa defended plans to include whale sharks in the oceanarium, saying the threat the animals faced "makes the role of aquariums in their conservation all the more crucial".

Source: The Age
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 03:02 AM   #826
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Whale sharks

This is taken in China

The okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan has a history of keeping 16 whale sharkes in captivity. They kept it for 9 years in captivity. If they can do it. Why can't us.



Look at the difference in size
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 03:25 AM   #827
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This is taken in China

The okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan has a history of keeping 16 whale sharkes in captivity. They kept it for 9 years in captivity. If they can do it. Why can't us.

Look at the difference in size
Environmentalists see things differently.

Resorts World Sentosa's perspective is to build an aquarium to seeking understanding from public on marine creatures and the beauty of marine life. They already relocated the corals to Southern Islands from Sentosa where they are building the resort, as part of their ongoing marine conservation projects They have launched funds for marine conservation, research and education on marine life.

No matter how environmentalists make noises, I hope they will see the lights some day...

Since these people don't want us to have whale sharks, we can include other marine creatures that these same people do not protest. Hard to appease everyone...

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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:56 AM   #828
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No matter how environmentalists make noises, I hope they will see the lights some day...
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see the lights?? i wld say they are the one who SAW the lights. and what experts can resorts world bring in to cater to the whale sharks?

it will be like employing UFO fans to cater needs to a captive alien.. no such thing as expert when there's so little known about them. and what we do know, is their playground is 3/4 of the earth's ocean. how can we create an environment for them and pet ourselves on the back when we measure our volume in litres????
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 10:11 AM   #829
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see the lights?? i wld say they are the one who SAW the lights. and what experts can resorts world bring in to cater to the whale sharks?

it will be like employing UFO fans to cater needs to a captive alien.. no such thing as expert when there's so little known about them. and what we do know, is their playground is 3/4 of the earth's ocean. how can we create an environment for them and pet ourselves on the back when we measure our volume in litres????
Mother nature is no kinder - destroy much of creatures that trace to billions of years ago. They disappear from the face of earth. No difference at all. No matter how much environmentalists try hard to protect, eventually the things would change beyond our control - climate changes in milliennium. Ice shelf started to crack and fall apart. Polar bear would lose homes in next millennia.

Environmentalists do not want whale sharks to be held in captivity. Their solo purpose is to ensure all creatures are to be roaming freely in wildlife.

When temperature in water changes unexpectedly, same people would roar back and try hard to save them and ask for help to save them. How?

Back to square one? Take them to captivity?

If taken to captivity, they will die in extinction because there is not sufficient data studied on rare sharks and insufficient understanding of behaviour of whale sharks.

Why do whale sharks die in captivity? Because the operators of captivity do not have full understanding and do not get good team of biologists and scientists who study whale sharks.

Japan managed to keep whale sharks for so long in a controlled aquarium because of strong support from biologists and scientists with strong passion and interest in marine life. They advise the operators what to do with fragile marine creatures. Their solo purpose is to understand the behaviour of creatures and the impact of illnesses associated with marine life. In long term run, they can save hundred of creatures, if not, dozens of them at least for the next generation to take care.

So in end, both parties won't agree and will lose.


Real purpose is to educate people not to abuse ocean and sea and teach them to appreciate the beauty of marine life.

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Old March 23rd, 2009, 01:19 PM   #830
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yay i agree! whale sharks with expertise from okinawa please.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 01:55 PM   #831
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ya i think a stronger message of conservation is sent to people by NOT bringing in whale sharks than bringing them in already and then saying that their suffering is for our education.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 02:23 PM   #832
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From Resorts World Sentosa website:
Letter from Marine Life Park

Dear all,

Thank you for the interest that you have expressed towards our Marine Life Park. Although the feedback we have received till now is not always positive, it shows how concerned everyone is towards the success of the Marine Life Park and its ability to balance the need to educate the public on marine conservation while at the same time not doing anything to harm the marine environment.

As of today, over 3,000 of you have written to us and we hope you can spare a few minutes for our side of the story. As an organization that is committed to inspire the conservation of the ocean through education, we fully understand your concerns with regards to the feasibility of whale sharks in captivity.That is why we have been, and still are - to this date - considering alternatives for our overall Marine Life Park design plans, while simultaneously peer reviewing our animal collection and exhibits content.

While we go about our work, we also want to highlight that the whale shark exhibit at the Marine Life Park was submitted as part of the winning bid in an international competition for the Integrated Resort on Sentosa in late 2006. As such, the organization is bound to deliver the integrity of the bid, and any proposed replacement for the whale sharks must be defensible in that it must be viable and be as broad, if not compelling, in its appeal to bring in visitors to Singapore - the reason Singapore decided to have the integrated resorts.

Last week, we put out a press statement specifying that plans for the Marine Life Park are still being finalized and options are being explored. Two things are being done right now: consolidating the education and conservation studies of what aquariums have done for potential collection species, and assessing how the Marine Life Park and its conservation and research programs might contribute further to the scientific knowledge of the species.

We do not take these undertakings lightly and as such, we need time to investigate all available options to provide Singapore with a world-class Marine Life Park. The process of replacing promised attractions in a winning bid is neither simple nor unilateral. Papers, presentations, permits and many rounds of fine-tuning and debate are required. We welcome ideas at csr@rwsentosa.com.

We apologise for not being able to reply singularly to everyone. Do visit our website http://www.rwsentosa.com/en_marinelifepark.html to know us better. There, you can also read about our conservation efforts in both the marine and environmental fields. The Marine Life Park is committed to engage all persons who share our goal: the conservation of the oceans and its inhabitants. Our commitment has not changed.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 06:42 PM   #833
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In other words, because you tree-huggers are making so much noise, we still don't know what's going to be in the park so shut up and let us think about how do we reconcile the problem.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 06:58 PM   #834
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I'm not so sure if Resorts World will budge on this one as it is really a commercial decision and they probably have figured out the target visitorship. However in keeping with the theme of marine preservation they could make a move by not serving sharks fin...
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Old March 24th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #835
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I'm not so sure if Resorts World will budge on this one as it is really a commercial decision and they probably have figured out the target visitorship. However in keeping with the theme of marine preservation they could make a move by not serving sharks fin...
they already confirmed a move of not serving shark's fins.

and yes, it really is a commercial decision.

i would love to see a whale shark too.

But anyone here have a marine tank at home?

any idea how many whale sharks will have to be caught and transported to have 2 life ones at resort worlds?

if anyone undertood the logistics behind fisheries and LIFE fish bigger than 1 feet, and try to imagine how to transport something bigger than a bmw 7 series to sentosa...

not that our complains will be heard nor even understood..
just find it a bit sad .

sorry for the ot
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Old March 24th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #836
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this has probably been covered before but ...

What is going to happen to the existing aquarium on Sentosa by fort siloso? Demolished (already gone?) replaced with anything exciting?
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It will still be there I guessed. I think they will just repositioned themselves.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #838
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Resorts World at Sentosa on track to open 4 hotels by 2010

SINGAPORE: Resorts World at Sentosa said Thursday it is on track to opening four hotels by the first quarter of 2010 when the integrated resort (IR) opens.

The resort operator revealed this at the sidelines of the official announcement of its venture with the Hard Rock Hotel, one of the six hotels to be opened at the IR.

Resorts World Chief Executive Officer Tan Hee Teck said he expects 9,000 people to be hired by the end of this year.

The IR expects to have a total of 10,000 employees when it opens its doors in 2010.

Rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel were unveiled for the first time on Thursday.

There will one presidential suite, eight suites and 350 deluxe rooms.

Mr Tan said he expects Hard Rock Hotel's room rates to be similar to five-star hotels located in other theme parks in Orlando and Osaka.

There will also be conference facilities, including 26 meetings rooms and one of Asia's largest ballrooms that will seat up to 7,300 people.

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Old March 26th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #839
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HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL & RESORTS WORLD AT SENTOSA
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HARD ROCK HOTEL SINGAPORE


SINGAPORE / ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 26 March 2009 – Hard Rock International announces Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, set to open in Singapore, Spring 2010. The luxurious, 360-room Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is part of Resorts World at Sentosa, a US$4.3 billion integrated family resort destination set on the tropical isle of Sentosa. The development epitomizes Hard Rock Hotel’s expansion strategy in its premier locations worldwide.

“The highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is a welcome addition to the Hard Rock Hotel portfolio,” said Hamish Dodds, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hard Rock International. “Resorts World at Sentosa – our hotel’s future home – is rooted in delivering many unique experiences and offering visitors a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Hard Rock Hotel
Singapore will deliver the perfect rock star luxury retreat.”

Chief Executive Officer of Resorts World at Sentosa, Mr Tan Hee Teck said: “The Hard Rock brand is renowned in Asia. Many young Asians grew up collecting Hard Rock memorabilia and owning at least one Hard Rock T-shirt. Resorts World at Sentosa is very pleased to bring the first and only Hard Rock Hotel to Singapore. As a family destination with two of Asia’s largest
attractions, we believe that Hard Rock Hotel adds not only sizzle to our appeal, but excitement to accommodation options in the region.’’

The Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, a US$223 million venture, will be one of six unique destination hotels at Resort World at Sentosa. The hotel will offer 360 keys, including ten suites and 350 rooms as well as modern conference facilities including 26 meeting rooms and one of Asia's largest column-free ballrooms seating up to 7,300 people. Featuring the latest in audio-visual
equipment, the ballroom will be an ideal venue for concerts, seminars, performances and banquets, and can be further divided into smaller ballrooms or separate conference halls for more intimate affairs.

The guest rooms at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore will incorporate Hard Rock’s tradition of providing luxury, quality service and amenities with a unique music edge. The hotel will contain destination dining venues and high-energy bar locations offering both locals and international hotel guests a place to see and be seen. The pool, a quintessential Hard Rock element, will be a focal area for both music and relaxation as well as a social gathering place.

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida is excited about our newest Hard Rock development in Southeast Asia,” notes Jim Allen, Chairman of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment. “It’s a testament to the brand that we have such incredible strategic partners and ample opportunity for global growth in emerging locations.”

The Hard Rock Hotel experience offers luxurious style and substance with a unique rock vibe. Properties are situated in destinations with unique character, tourist appeal and gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s experienced, modern traveler, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel. The 49-hectare Resorts World at Sentosa is Singapore’s only tropical integrated family resort destination, complete with Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium, six unique hotels offering 1,800 rooms as well as a casino, will open its doors to the world early next year.

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Waterworld : Casting works on the concrete structure that form a 3,500 seat spectators gallery and the performance pool, where performers will show off their moves during the stunt spectacular, has been completed. The concrete structure standing on column is called he "performance peninsula". This is the stage where stunt performers will wow the crowd above a pool that goes down to 7m deep.


Hard Rock Hotel room interiors: A retreat for trendy jet-setters, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore is also a hotel for families. Double rooms can
accommodate up to 5 guests, with an extra pull-out bed for kids.


Maxims Hotel Room Interior
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