Aquarium to host discovery week for half term

Blue Reef aquarist Libby Tweedy with Miko the marmoset.
Blue Reef aquarist Libby Tweedy with Miko the marmoset.

Tales of the sea will be explored in a new event for the Half Term holidays.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a ‘Discover-Seas Week’ from February 16 to 22.

Using a mixture of displays, talks, shows, workshops and animal encounters, visitors will have the opportunity to discover more about the marine world and its amazing inhabitants.

There will be no fewer than 11 daily activities taking place throughout the half term holidays.

From twice-daily seals and sea lions talks and demonstrations at the aquarium’s outdoor Seal Cove to close encounters with everything from miniature monkeys and piranhas in the Amazon Talks and Feeds

Visitors will also be able to see, and feel, some of the different food items aquarists prepare for their residents including mealworms, locusts, squid, krill, wax worms, crickets, prawns and mussels.

There will be special rockpool workshops with opportunities to handle sturdy rockpool inhabitants, under expert supervision, and talks on coral reefs and tropical marine life along with talks and feeds with the aquarium’s resident family of otters.

Blue Reef’s Sharon Elsender said: “Our aquarists really wanted to provide visitors with the chance to find out more about the animals we look after and the wider aquatic environment in a fun, involving and entertaining way.

“With 11 daily activities they will definitely be kept busy but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to offer people a new, interactive experience,” she added.

For younger visitors there will also be fact sheets, posters, colouring sheets, and a prize scavenger hunt.