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 week include quizzes, word searches, trails and a design a sea monster competition with the chance to win a child’s annual pass to the aquarium.
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 Sales and Marketing Executive, Chloe Stokes 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!”