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January 30, 2015

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

Shark Week’ will feature 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 sharks and ray, dig for real shark fossils, 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.

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

“This event will 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 for two days during the week giving a series of fun and informative talks about the evolution of the oceans’ ultimate predators,” she added.

Visitors will also have the chance to dig for their own marine fossils, enjoy quizzes, competitions and special shark workshops every day.

Blue Reef will also be playing host to the groups who fight for the conservation of sharks worldwide.

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 (a small additional charge applies).

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.

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

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