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The world’s scariest underwater predators

October 15, 2019

Ahead of our spooktacular Pumpkins and Predators event this October half term, we’ve put together this list featuring some of our favourite frights from under the sea. 

Discover The Animals Of The Coral Reef

August 27, 2019

Hiding beneath the waves of the ocean are huge tropical structures known as coral reefs. Found all over the world, from the coast of Alaska to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, coral reefs found today are between 5,000 to 10,000 years old and are home of all sorts of wildlife. Find out what […]

Monster Week at Blue Reef Aquarium

May 20, 2019

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium will be taken over by sea monsters as part of a special week-long event which runs from Saturday May 25th to Sunday June 2nd. 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 […]

What’s On in Hastings This Easter

April 16, 2019

It’s Easter time! The time of year that brings joy, longer days, and plenty of chocolate eggs! With many top attractions across the borough planning their Easter events and special activities, you won’t be short of things to do this weekend. If you’re looking for family-friendly ways to celebrate with the kids on their Easter […]


October 16, 2018

NEW SHARK JOINS AQUARIUM COLLECTION A baby shark has made his debut at Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings just in time for the half term holidays. The Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) was added to the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction’s main ocean display and keepers say he is settling in well. Nicknamed PJ, the baby shark […]

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About Octopuses

September 11, 2018

Everyone knows that octopuses have rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms; you may even know that the correct plural term of these interesting invertebrates is not octopi – but did you know that all octopuses are venomous? Want to learn more about this amazing animal? Here are seven fascinating facts about the octopus […]

Sea Creatures of the World

August 29, 2018

The underwater kingdom fascinates people all over the world. From Australia, all the way around the world to the picturesque harbours of Greece, we’re going to take a trip around the globe’s waters and introduce you to sea creatures from every corner of the map.    If the thought of sea-creature travels has fascinated you […]

Creature Case Study: Giant Pacific Octopus

February 23, 2018

Commonly known as the giant Pacific octopus, but scientifically called Enteroctopus dofleini, this is the largest type of octopus. Growing between 10 and 16 feet, the largest one ever recorded was a massive 30 feet long and weighed over 600 pounds. They’re full of love with three hearts, and their intelligence is second-to-none – they […]

New Arrivals – ‘Smiling’ Tiger Salamanders

May 20, 2016

A pair of tiger salamanders has gone on display at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium. Originally from America, the tiger salamander is the world’s largest species and can reach lengths of up to 30 centimetres. As well as being the biggest they also have the reputation for being the happiest as they appear to have a […]

Claws Week!

August 22, 2014

Visitors to Hastings’s Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to enjoy some close encounters with a variety of weird and wonderful crabs and lobsters as part of their ‘Claws – Incredible Crustaceans’ event (25th – 31st August) From comical cleaner shrimps to mighty lobsters, this exciting event offers a fascinating insight into the incredible world […]

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