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August 19, 2015

Visitors to Portsmouth’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’ event this weekend (August 22nd – 23rd).


From comical cleaner shrimps and hermit 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 from around the world.


Blue Reef’s Hannah Butt said: “Our crabs and lobsters are always extremely popular with visitors and this week long event provides the perfect opportunity to let people find out more about crustaceans in general.”


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


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!


  • During the Victorious Festival which takes places on Castle Field on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th the aquarium will only be accessible to people attending the festival, who will get in for free.


Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information please contact Hannah Butt or Jenna MacFarlane on 02392 875222.

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