Creepy adventures at aquarium

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Close encounters with creepy creatures, revolting reptiles and fearsome fish will be on offer at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium this half term.

Running to November 2, ‘Venom: Face Your Fears’ features a series of events, animal encounters and activities with a deadly, dangerous or downright scary theme.

Everyone who arrives in full fancy dress will get £2 off their entry admission.

Special features will include ‘Face your Fears’ rockpool encounters and the chance to discover gruesome and grisly facts about the marine world’s weirdest inhabitants ranging from starfish that throw up their own stomachs to fish that eat poo.

For braver visitors there will the chance to get ‘hands on’ with everything from locusts and mealworms to lobster shells, shark jaws and giant crab claws.

In addition to eight daily talks, feeding demonstrations and encounters the aquarium will also be playing host to a selection of snakes, lizards, scorpions, spiders and other creepy crawlies.

Taking place between 10am and noon on Wednesday, October 29, Stef Wraith from ‘Animal Antics’ will be presenting a variety of ‘scary’ animals for visitors to pet, hold and have their photos taken with.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “With Hallowe’en falling in the school holidays this year we’ve decided to highlight some of the scarier aspects of the natural world.

“The entire half term holiday period has been given over to all the things that make you shudder.”

As part of the event there will also be a Hallowe’en Torchlit Guided Tour around the aquarium taking place at 5pm on Friday, October 31. Places will be limited and visitors must book in advance on (0191) 258 1031, and bring a torch.

“The torchlit tours will provide visitors with a spooky new way of seeing the aquarium and its inhabitants after the lights have gone out,” said Anna.

“We’ll be going round the displays in a group, led by one of our marine experts and with only our torches to illuminate the way.”