Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

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Creatures

Over 40 naturally themed habitats take you on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas.  Come face to face with freshwater turtles, watch pulsating jellyfish and meet amazing pufferfish!

At the Aquarium’s heart is the ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of giant Loggerhead turtle, reef sharks and shoals of colourful fish.

Select a creature to find out more.

Black Tip Reef Sharks

Black Tip Reef Sharks

Carcharhinus melanopterus

The largest of all the species of sharks we have here at Blue Reef Newquay, they can grow up to almost 2 meters in length.

Closely related to Tiger and Bull sharks they live and hunt on Coral Reefs.

They give birth to live young which can hunt as soon as they are born.

Giant Pacific Octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus

Enteroctopus dofleini

These extremely intelligent creatures belong to the Cephalopod family which also contains cuttlefish and the prehistoric nautilus; they are also distantly related to the common garden snail!

With three hearts, blue blood and a brain shaped like a donut they are truly a unique animal!

Underwater Tunnel

Underwater Tunnel

The centrepiece of the aquarium is the spectacular coral reef housed within a giant ocean display.

The reef is home to exotic species like angelfish, puffer fish, wrasse and hundreds of other brightly coloured species as well as a variety of sharks, including the graceful black tip reef shark, as well as rays, moray eels and lionfish.

Enjoy really close encounters from inside the amazing underwater walkthrough tunnel running through the centre of the reef.

Visit the exclusive 360 degree tour of our underwater tunnel.

Colourful corals

Colourful corals

Maintaining excellent water clarity and quality our marine experts are able to propagate a diverse range of hard and soft corals.

Used to create naturally themed habitats for our brightly coloured reef fish watch the mesmerising soft corals pulse in the flow of the current.

Sandy Seabeds

Sandy Seabeds

Discover the amazing diversity of species found on Cornish coasts, these tanks are dedicated to our local unsung heroes, including colourful wrasse, pipefish, sea bream, bass and weaver fish.

These tanks will open your eyes to our native species of sharks and rays. Here at Blue Reef you will find dog fish and two species of ray fish, the small eyed ray and the thorn back ray.

Claws

Claws

Crabs, lobsters and shrimps have been the masters of our seas since before the age of the dinosaurs.

From rockpools to deep sea trenches crustacean have colonized most environments.

Encounter comical cleaner shrimps and hermit crabs to giant spider crabs and ancient lobsters – there’s even one species of crab that likes dressing up!

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman Crocodiles

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman Crocodiles

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

One of the smallest crocodilians, Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman grow to a maximum of 1.5m.

Originating from the Amazon rainforest they feed on fish, amphibians and small mammals, storing excess fat in their tails as an energy reserve.

Like all rainforest creatures they are at risk from mass deforestation which is destroying their habitats.

Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta

Sea turtles are at risk from many different threats in their natural habitats; Omiros our Loggerhead turtle was rescued in Greece with damage to his eyes meaning he is blind and could not be released.

He’s about 35 years old and weighs almost 100kg! Loggerhead turtles can migrate over 9,000 miles from where they hatch!

Blue Reef Nurseries

Blue Reef Nurseries

Blue Reef’s dedicated team of aquarists are actively involved in pioneering captive breeding programmes for a wide range of both native and tropical species.

Our nursery displays provide the perfect environment for many species including captive-bred baby clownfish and seahorses.

Other breeding successes include sharks, rays, pipefish, jellyfish, cuttlefish and many more.  Bring your toddlers to meet our tiddlers!