Meet the Star-Fish!

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is putting the spotlight on the real life heroes and heroines of the marine world as part of their ‘Star-Fish Bank Holiday Weekend’ from  Saturday May 4th – Monday, May 6th.

Visitors will be able to come face to face with living characters from films like ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Shark Tale’ and ‘Little Mermaid’ and learn all about the true stories behind their fictional namesakes.

Special talks and a trail around the aquarium will help identify the real stars of the show.

Young visitors will be able to spot Bubbles, Dory, Nemo, Bloat the blowfish, Bob the seahorse and Jacques the cleaner shrimp on the trail as well as other characters like Flotsam and Jetsam, Sebastian and Ursula from ‘Little Mermaid’ and Mister Sykes, Crazy Joe and Luca from ‘Shark Tale’.

Every tank which features one of the fishy characters has a sign next to it providing more information and fun facts on the real species.

As well as being a fun way for youngsters to find their way around the aquarium Blue Reef also hope it will inspire a greater interest in the marine world in general.

Blue Reef‘s Anna Pellegrino said: “Finding Nemo and these other films have had a huge effect on our younger visitors. Everyone now knows what a clown fish looks like and is much more aware of the incredible variety of creatures found in the world’s oceans.

“We’re hoping to use the films’ enduring popularity as a springboard to get youngsters more interested in the marine world in general.

“When they see Nemo and the other characters are actually based on real creatures it encourages them to relate much more closely to the other marine creatures we have here at the aquarium and also those living around our shores,” she added.