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August 11, 2013

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is making the most of its spectacular coastal location by launching a series of ‘Seashore Safaris’.


The daily safaris, which are run by marine experts from the aquarium, take place among the rockpools on neighbouring Towan Beach and are proving to be a real hit with visitors of all ages.


The Seashore Safari is part of a packed programme of 10 daily talks, feeds and other activities taking place throughout the summer holidays at the popular wildlife attraction.


Guided by a Blue Reef aquarist, groups of up to 12 are able to discover the rich marine life literally on our doorstep.


“The Seashore Safaris are proving really popular with visitors of all ages. For parents and grand-parents it’s a great way to re-discover the pleasures of rockpooling and for the youngsters it’s a whole new world to explore,” said Blue Reef’s Jenni Smith.


“We can explain the best methods to utilise to ensure the safety both of themselves and the sea creatures they’re hunting for and hopefully it will inspire future generations to find out more about the marine environment.


“As well as being fascinating mini-habitats in their own right – home to a host of marine life including crabs, fish, anemones and starfish rockpools also occasionally provide temporary shelter for more unusual species.


“In the past we have found everything from octopus and blue jellyfish to goose barnacles and even exotic seeds which have travelled across the Atlantic,” she added.


The Seashore Safaris last for around 30 minutes and are part of a daily programme of activities at the aquarium which begin at 10.30am with the ‘Breakfast Feed’ and go on until a ‘Shark Workshop’ at 4.30pm.


·         Places on the Seashore Safaris are limited and are booked on a first come first served basis.