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February 15, 2015

Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is going shark crazy over the February half term holidays (Feb 14th – 22nd) to celebrate the oceans’ ultimate predator.

Shark Week’ features a host of special events and activities dedicated to these amazing creatures which have been swimming in our seas since before the age of the dinosaurs.

Visitors will have the chance to help feed native sharks and rays*, enjoy hands-on workshops with shark teeth skin and jaws, learn about their evolution and find out about the dangers they face in the wild and what we can all do to help protect them. (*additional charges apply with all proceeds going to the Bite Back charity).

Blue Reef’s Jenna MacFarlane said: “Sharks are always one of the first things visitors want to see when they come to the aquarium.

“We have more than a dozen different shark and ray species on display here including a number of shark eggs from three species on display in our nursery tanks.

“This event will also provide visitors of all ages with a real insight into these fascinating fish and their truly extraordinary history.

“From ancient shark fossils to having the chance to actually help feed real ones there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

“Palaeontologist Neil Morris, who specialises in prehistoric shark species will be on site on February 18th and 19thto give a series of fun and informative talks about extinct species together with an array of fossilised teeth,” she added.

Visitors will also have the chance to dig for their own fossils* (18th & 19th only), enjoy quizzes, competitions and special shark talks every day.

Plus don’t miss out on the chance to help feed the native rays and sharks, spaces will be limited so get there early on *Tuesday, Thursday and both Saturdays (*additional charges apply with all proceeds going to the Bite Back charity).

Sharks first appeared in our seas over 400 million years ago – that’s 170 million years before the dinosaurs! Today there are over 450 different species from the 21cm dwarf lanternshark to the 13-metre whale shark.

British waters are visited by over 30 different species – including the world’s fastest, the shortfin mako shark, which can reach speeds of 46mph and leap 30ft into the air.Three stages of shark eggcase development

Issued by Blue Reef. For more information please contact Lindsay Holloway, Adam Makinson or Jenna MacFarlane on 02392 875222.

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