March 27, 2013
Visitors to Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference on Sunday, March 31st.
The Rock-a-Nore Road attraction is staging an aquatic egg trail where the eggs in question belong to sharks and rays.
There will be two different trails – with one for younger children – and everyone who successfully completes them will receive a special chocolate treat.
The aquarium’s very own cuddly costume character Charlie the Clownfish will also be making an appearance over the Easter weekend and visitors will also be able to have their photos taken against a variety of exotic undersea backgrounds as part of a new marine-themed photo booth.
There will also be the chance to see the aquarium’s newest star – a native shark which has so far produced no fewer than 25 egg-cases.
The native nursehound was donated to the aquarium after it was accidentally caught during a fishing trip.
She was on the verge of dying, however an aquarist managed to save her and effectively bring her back to life.
Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “The successful breeding of native marine species is becoming more and more important and the amazing success story of this particular species of shark is fabulous news.
“Female sharks usually only lay a handful of ‘live’ eggs a season so for us to have so many which appear to be viable is amazing,” he added.