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A BLYTH fisherman has donated a colony of dead man’s fingers to Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The grisly-looking soft corals have gone on display in one of the aquarium native marine displays, just in time for Hallowe’en.

Staff believe that recent stormy weather may have stripped the soft corals from shipwrecks out at sea and brought them closer to shore where they were picked up by the fisherman.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “As well as having one of the most notorious names in the marine world, these corals also look pretty disgusting and – I’m reliably informed – feel even worse.

“However, they’re amazing creatures which are made up of thousands upon thousands of tiny organisms all working together and they do look spectacular in their new display.

“Once they became dislodged from their original home in the depths of the sea they would have floated helplessly.

“Here at the aquarium they can enjoy near-perfect conditions, a steady food supply and will be unaffected by even the strongest storms.”