Right on the seafront at the terminus of the Volks Electric Railway is one of Brighton's most popular attractions. Although now owned by entertainment company Merlin, Sea Life Brighton is the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Built in 1872 by Eugenius Birch, the same gentleman who constructed the West Pier, much of the Victorian architecture is still on show which lends a yesteryear romance to the attraction. Our visit started with the submarine adventure, a journey into the depths of the ocean in the Victorian Explorer, complete with video and shaking seats! Within the exhibition proper, you'll find many species of fish, some recognisable, such as the cat fish and triggerfish and some you may not have seen before like the Pig-nosed River Turtle, the Japanese Spider Crab and the impressive Spotted Wobbegong, a species of shark who lies in wait on the sea bed for its prey and who doesn't need to swim to be able to breathe. Other sections include Lost in Amazonia which houses piranhas and other creatures found in the jungle, Serpents of the Sea, home to the Green Moray Eel and of course the Ocean Tunnel under which you can walk and gaze at the tropical fish, sharks and turtles swim above you. The aquarium has just launched a glass-bottomed boat allowing visitors to experience the wonders of the ocean close up.