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Sharkbait Reef and Congo River Rapids

  • Monday March 14th 2016
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  • Laura

01 SEALIFE Exterior

Our Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE team are on call 24/7, every single day of the year (including Christmas Day) for our 2839 fish… with 252 different species to care for!

The winter months are the perfect time to re-vamp our tanks and give the fish exciting and enriching new environments to enjoy, as well as introducing our new fish to their fresh surroundings.

As we prepare to open on the 19th March, we have been settling in our amazing new and very social Land Hermit Crabs. These super cool crustaceans squeak to each other when they get excited and love to take baths in our touch pools as well as snacking on bananas!

Over in Katanga Canyon, during the winter months the winding rivers and waterfalls of Congo River Rapids run dry while we bring every boat ashore for checks and a good clean before they set sail for some splashtastic family fun on March 19th!


  • Sharkbait Reef holds 294,945 litres of water in total! Our biggest tank is the Ocean tank which holds 175,000 litres.
  • It takes a whopping 2 MILLION LITRES of water to fill the twists and turns of the Congo River Rapids.


Come back tomorrow to find out more about preparations for the launch of Oblivion and Spinball!

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort as a precautionary measure.

For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*

Please visit the Manage My Booking site and complete the booking amendment form, including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Resort soon. Thank you for your patience.

*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note – if you have booked a partner Hotel (a Hotel off site), most will honour the price you booked at, however there are a small number which cannot, we will let you know based on the dates you choose.