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Sea Monsters Week

June 18, 2014

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium will be taken over by sea monsters as part of a special week-long event which runs from Monday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 29th.

Among the ‘monsters’ on display will be the world’s biggest octopus species and a selection of toxic fish.

Other activities on offer to younger visitors throughout the week include quizzes, word searches, trails and a design a sea monster competition with the chance to win a family pass to the aquarium.

Special sea monster themed talks will provide more detail about famous tales of the deep and there will be information on monstrous myths and legends throughout history, infamous hoaxes, cases of mistaken identity and even modern reports of sea monsters.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “The idea of sea monsters has both fascinated and horrified humans since the dawn of time.

“This week will be a mixture of ‘real’ sea monsters including poisonous fish like lionfish and the giant Pacific octopus as well as stories of sea monsters through the ages from biblical times, through to Greek and Roman mythology and medieval myths.

“Even today there are hundreds of reported sea monster sightings each year and, as the mysterious depths of the oceans are gradually explored, more and more amazing creatures previously unknown to science are being discovered.

“In fact some of these new discoveries are weirder than even the most incredible of sea monster stories!”