Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Eighth Wonder proposes world's largest living coral reef lagoon

Eighth Wonder proposes world's largest living coral reef lagoonBy Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 26 November 2006 1853 hrs SINGAPORE: Sentosa integrated resort bidder Eighth Wonder wants to take youinto the heart of a coral reef lagoon, watch marine scientists at work oreven experience a perfect storm. That is all part of the experience at its Ocean Planet attraction on itsproposed $5.5b Harry's Island. Eighth Wonder and its partners say the proposed resort will not be a placeof superficial entertainment, but leans heavily on a message of conservationand research, especially at its multi-million-dollar Ocean Planet. The 60,000 square feet facility will feature a living coral reef lagoon,where visitors can either walk through or snorkel in. "It's a double helix design to go down into what would be the world's firstliving coral reef lagoon, to work with agricultural technology incollaboration with other organisation, research and university organisation,both here and abroad to develop agricultural technology to grow that coral,fish and other animals in captivity so we don't have to take them out ofwater," said Philippe Cousteau, President, EarthEcho International. Visitors will also be able to learn about marine life and observe scientistsat work at what could be Asia's first Marine Mammal Rescue centre.

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