Week of fun to help discover the marine world

The outdoor rockpool encounter at Blue Reef Aquarium.

The outdoor rockpool encounter at Blue Reef Aquarium.

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A special week of activities is taking place to help people learn more about sealife.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium will be staging a ‘Discover-Seas Week’ event over the half term holidays – February 13 to 21.

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 inhabitants.

There will be 10 daily activities taking place throughout the half term holidays ranging from twice-daily seal 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 Rosie Wiggin said: “These events are the perfect way for our aquarists to explain to the visitors how we look after the animals here at the aquarium and to also share their enthusiasm for the wider aquatic environment.

“With 10 daily activities they will definitely be kept busy but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to offer people a new, interactive experience.”

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