Our 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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more
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 ... read more