UMS (University of Malaysia Sabah) Aquarium & Marine Museum is a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine museum, which was opened in 1995. This aquarium and marine museum is located within the UMS campus at the Sepanggar Bay Area and is part of the university's Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI).
A replica of Pulau Sipadan deep dive diorama will greet visitor to the aquarium, which is one of the top diving site in the world. The major attractions here are the three freestanding tanks with various species of marine life and tropical reef corals found along the coast of Sabah. Each of the tanks is setup to exhibit marine life at different underwater levels i.e. the open water reef, shallow reef and the deep reef.
Another interesting and eye-catching display is a 14.1 feet (4.43m) skeleton of a Cuvier’s Beaked Whale. The giant fish dead body was found at the Mimpian Jadi beach in Tuaran in 1997, which according to scientists, was the first time such a whale was found in Sabah.
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Skeleton on display
Other attractions at the aquarium and marine museum are the mangrove walk, Contemporary Marine and Maritime Museum and the Multimedia Interactive Information Kiosk, which exhibits ongoing works by the UMS Borneo Marine Research Unit in areas like aquaculture, oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine conservation and sustainable management of marine resources.
Getting There: AMUMS is located within the university's Borneo Marine Research Institute inside the university area, about 7 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu.
AMUMS Building's Front Entrance