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Sprats Amazing – Giant shoal driven on to Hastings beach

November 10, 2016

Visitors to Rock-a-Nore beach were shocked to witness a rare marine phenomenon in which hundreds of sprats became stranded on the shore last week. The sprats were left high and dry after a shoal of mackerel drove them to the coastline trapping them in a shallow pool as the tide went out.  Aquarists from Hastings […]

Blue Reef diver helps wedding proposal go swimmingly

October 28, 2016

Romantic wildlife lover Matt Bridges enlisted the help of a diver at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium to propose to his girlfriend. Matt, 23, took the plunge at the Rock-a-Nore Road aquarium and went down on one knee to ask girlfriend Kat Hasberry, 22, to marry him in the underwater tunnel.  The actual proposal was communicated […]

Halloween Half Term Fun

October 20, 2016

Two of Hastings’ most popular visitor attractions are getting in a mischievous mood for a horribly entertaining Halloween half term.  Running from Monday, October 24th to Monday, October 31st visitors to both Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to join in ghostly goings-on and spooky trails.  Blue Reef are running a […]

World Octopus Day

October 4, 2016

Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a series of special events and activities to celebrate World Octopus Day on Saturday, October 8th. This year’s event will be the 10th annual international celebration of the amazing octopus as well as other members of the cephalopod family. There will be a talk and feeding demonstration with the […]

Donated Eel and Puffer get new home

September 27, 2016

A giant moray eel which outgrew its tank is settling in to a spacious new home at Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium. The 80 centimetre long honeycomb moray was donated to the Rock-a-Nore wildlife attraction alongside an equally impressive blackspotted pufferfish after they became too large for their old home. The eel, which could grow up […]

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