Nickelodeon's aquatic attraction in the Philippines draws serious backlash

By: Angeli Kakade, Veuer

"If nautical nonsense be something you wish" — Nickelodeon has plans to open an "undersea attraction and resort" on the island of Palawan featuring characters like SpongeBob SquarePants.

But environmentalists aren't thrilled about plans to build the underwater attraction on the island in the Philippines.

The nation's Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Gina Lopez said if attraction would "cause the destruction of corals," she'd say "no way."

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Corals are seen at the Great Barrier Reef in this January 2002 handout photo. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the world's oceans due to climate change, combined with rising sea temperatures, could accelerate coral bleaching, destroying some reefs before 2050, says a new Australian study. Picture taken January 2002. REUTERS/Centre for Marine Studies, The University of Queensland/Ove Hoegh-Guldberg/Handout (AUSTRALIA). FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Corals are seen at the Great Barrier Reef in this January 2002 handout photo. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the world's oceans due to climate change, combined with rising sea temperatures, could accelerate coral bleaching, destroying some reefs before 2050, says a new Australian study. Picture taken January 2002. REUTERS/Centre for Marine Studies, The University of Queensland/Ove Hoegh-Guldberg/Handout (AUSTRALIA). FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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(GERMANY OUT) Bleached Corals, Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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A petition to stop the quote "underwater theme park" has also garnered more than 197 thousand signatures.

But Susan Lee, Marketing & Communications Director of the Coral World Park, tells CNN Philippines it isn't a theme park at all, explaining:

"Our plans are to build a resort and attraction, of which we are designing as an undersea attraction with an ocean conservation."

The builder, Coral World Park Undersea Resorts, also clarified that the proposed project wouldn't actually be underwater — with just one facility floating on water.

Well, if they need design tips, they should study the incredible craftsmanship of that little pineapple under the sea that's somehow still standing after nearly 20 years.

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A giant green turtle rests on a coral reef at a diving site near the island of Sipadan in Celebes Sea east of Borneo November 7, 2005.

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Golden butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus) swimming over coral reef with a large school of pygmy sweepers (Parapriacanthus guentheri) and soft corals (Dendronephthya sp.). Egypt, Red Sea.

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Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Pterois, also called zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish or butterfly-cod, is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays.

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A pair of golden butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus), a pair of threadfin butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga) and goldies or lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis). Egypt, Red Sea.

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School of Maldives

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The foxface rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus) is a popular saltwater aquarium fish. It belongs to the rabbitfish family (Siganidae) and is sometimes still placed in the obsolete genus Lo.

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Details of fauna in the Coral Reef seen in Ripley's Aquarium. Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients.

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Snapper and Sweetlips in Coral Reef, North Male Atoll, Maldives

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Clownfish in Bali, Indonesia

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Yellow-ribbon Sweetlips between Soft Corals, Plectorhinchus polytaenia, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

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Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, Himendhoo Thila, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

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Shoal of Humpback Snapper, Lutjanus gibbus, Cocoa Corner, South Male Atoll, Maldives

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Coralfishes on Coral Reef, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

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Powder-blue surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) and Lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) swimming past soft corals (Dendronephthya sp). Egypt, Red Sea.

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