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August 24, 2013

Visitors to Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to enjoy close encounters with weird and wonderful crabs and lobsters from around the world as part of their ‘Claws – Incredible Crustaceans’ Bank Holidayweekend event (August 24th – 26th).

From comical cleaner shrimps and bizarre-looking sponge crabs to giant lobsters and mighty edible crabs this exciting event offers a fascinating insight into the incredible world of crustaceans.

Blue Reef is home to more than 10 species of crustaceans ranging from native crabs and lobsters to exotic tropical species like the mantis shrimp.

Blue Reef’s Jenni Smith said: “Our giant crabs and lobsters are always extremely popular with visitors and this weekend event provides the perfect opportunity to let people find out more about crustaceans in general.

“Our nut-cracking ‘pasty’ crab will be making special appearances, along with crayfish, lobsters, spider crabs, shore crabs, velvet swimming crabs, our hardworking cleaner shrimps, mantis shrimp, peppermint shrimps and even our sexy shrimps!” she added.

As well as regular talks, activities and meet the creatures sessions throughout the day, visitors will also be able to follow the ‘Claws Quiz’ and join ‘Claws Tours’ to discover more about some of the marine world’s most incredible creatures.

Dotted around the aquarium are special Claws information points where visitors will be able to come face to face with some of the amazing members of the crustacean family and learn more about them.Crustaceans are jointed-legged animals whose bodies are usually covered with a hard exoskeleton – Crabs, lobsters, shrimps and prawns are all crustaceans.

They are found from the icy waters of the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropical seas of the equator. In fact crustaceans are so widespread scientists have compared them to insects on land.

Their size ranges from tiny creatures that could fit on a pinhead to true giants of the deep with three-metre claw spans!