Global Meltdown

What would happen if the ice caps melted and your world was flooded with water? Find out in the Global Meltdown experience!

Transport yourself from an icy Arctic and follow melt water via flooded islands to London underwater. Stunning visuals and interactive features help you find out more about the consequences of rising sea levels. Discover the fascinating arctic explorer’s blog and look out for our virtual friend, the curious seal. Measure the effects of your carbon footprint and don’t forget to make your pledge!

Spectacular theming, state of the art technology and amazing interactive displays, makes Global Meltdown an experience not to be missed.


Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems, sensitive to long-term climate change as they can only tolerate a narrow temperature range. When ocean temperatures get too high, corals turn white, or 'bleach,' and eventually die.

Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Centigrade) around the world since 1880.

The rate of warming is increasing. The last two decades of the 20th Century were the hottest in 400 years.

Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier.


Change one habit from the following examples and make a difference:

  • Change to energy saving lightbulbs
  • Eliminate draughts
  • Use less hot water
  • Wash at lower temperatures
  • Turn off electronic devices
  • Turn down your thermostat
  • Drive less
  • Check your tyres
  • Use recycling bins
  • Try home composting

See all animals in this ecosystem

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The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium Bournemouth effective immediately, until further notice.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience and we really look forward to welcoming you back to the Oceanarium when we re-open. Stay safe everyone.