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Miraculous recovery for seal injured by fishing gear

September 21, 2018


Miraculous recovery for seal injured by fishing gear One lucky seal at our Marine Rescue Centre has been given a second chance after horrific injuries. The seal, named Helena by her rescuers, was brought into the rescue centre at the end of July. She had been caught in some ‘ghost’ fishing gear and has multiple wounds. […]

GLOW (20th – 28th October)

September 13, 2018


As the days are drawing shorter and the dark nights are setting in we are adding some light with our amazing GLOW week. Come along and see the amazing bioluminescence of our Flashlight fish and see our corals glow under black light. We look at how these animals use their bioluminescence to thrive in the […]

Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth seeks a Displays Supervisor

September 1, 2018


About the Role The responsibilities of the Displays Supervisor will be varied, challenging, but extremely rewarding. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Zoological Team to ensure the team achieve the highest standard of animal care and husbandry. You will be responsible for maintaining and developing displays and exhibits – promoting public […]

What to do if you spot a seal in the wild.

July 29, 2018


We are in the middle of Harbour Seal pupping season, where hundreds of seals will be born in the area. This makes sightings and interaction with humans more likely, so here are a few tips to remember if you sea a seal in the wild. Seals are wild animals, even though the pups look adorable, […]

Pair of wild seals released back into the wild.

June 12, 2018


This week two rescued seals have been released back into the North Sea after treatment at Blue Reef Tynemouth’s Marine Rescue Centre. The two seals, named Bruce and Gabrielle have been recovering from injuries for the last month and were finally well enough to be released back into the wild. Bruce was picked up locally, […]

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May 28, 2018


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Flashlight Fish have arrived at Blue Reef Tynemouth

May 15, 2018


We have some mysterious new arrivals at Blue Reef Tynemouth… Deep down in the pacific ocean live flashlight fish. These amazing creatures live in complete darkness and can only been seen by their glowing cheeks. The Flashlight fish is characterized by two bean shaped torch-like organs under its eyes containing bio-luminescent bacteria, which the fish […]

10 Devastating Facts About Ocean Pollution

May 4, 2018


The ocean is one of the most expansive and diverse places on earth. It’s one of our most valuable natural resources and it’s where 230,000 marine species call home. Unfortunately, despite its powerful expanses, the sea is not invincible – it’s being threatened by pollution from people on land, as well as by natural causes. […]

Sharks lay eggs in time for Easter

March 30, 2018


Easter is not just for chicks and lambs; it is also for fish and sharks. This Easter staff at Blue Reef Aquarium were thrilled to see that their Lesser Spotted Dog Fish were laying eggs. The dogfish are a type of shark which are native to our local waters and can be found in the […]

Trio of Seals Released back into the wild

March 12, 2018


This week three grey seal pups have been released back into the wild from the rescue centre at Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth. The three seals have spent the winter recovering from injuries in the purpose built rescue centre in Tynemouth. They all came in from beaches around the North East after calls from concerned […]

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