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Get your teeth into Shark Week

A young girl with shark jaws which is among the display at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium. Picture by Simon Burt.

A young girl with shark jaws which is among the display at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium. Picture by Simon Burt.

Visitors can get their teeth into a new display highlighting the world of one of the sea’s predators.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a world of sharks and rays over the May half term holidays.

‘Shark Week’ – Monday, May 26, to Sunday, June 1 – is a celebration of the ocean’s ultimate predators and will feature everything from preparing a shark’s dinner to actual shark and ray feeds as well as conservation and the chance to discover sharks in UK waters.

As well as coming face to face with living members of the shark and ray family ranging from native dogfish and horn sharks to stingrays, bamboo catsharks and black tip reef sharks, visitors to the aquarium will also be able to visit the ‘Shark Nursery’ – home to dozens of baby sharks.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “Shark Week is always one of the most popular events here at the aquarium.

“People are genuinely fascinated by these amazing creatures which have existed relatively unchanged since before the time of the dinosaurs.

“This event gives us the chance to showcase the sheer variety and diversity of shark and ray species and highlight their positive characteristics, rather than just their negative ones.”

Sharks first appeared in our seas 350 million years ago. Today there are more than 350 different species from the 18cm spined pygmy shark to the 18-metre whale shark.

British waters are visited by around 30 different species – including the world’s second largest, the basking shark, which can grow to 12 metres.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium, on Grand Parade, is open daily from 10am. For more information call (0191) 258 1031 or visit www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk

 

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