SHARK MAY-HEM AT BLUE
Blue Planet Aquarium is going shark crazy over the May Half Term Holidays (May 23rd-31st).
Forty years after Jaws hit the big screen, the award-winning Cheshire Oaks aquarium is celebrating the ocean’s ultimate predators with new shark trails, exhibitions and talks on site as well as a guest appearance by Sharkey, the Sale Sharks mascot.
Special shark workshops will take place three times a day and visitors will be able to find out all about these fascinating creatures and the many conservation projects around the world to try and help protect them.
There will be daily shark feeds and dive shows in the giant Aquatheatre and visitors will even have the chance to enter their own ‘shark selfies’ in to an online competition to win a year’s family pass to the aquarium.
Blue Planet Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collection of shark and rays with more than 40 different species on display from native dogfish and bull huss to tropical lemon and three-metre-long sand tiger sharks.
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Phil Jones said: “Jaws was a hugely successful film but it also taught millions of people worldwide to fear sharks.
“We’re hoping the combination of fun facts, talks, feeding demonstrations and our own shark workshops will help to provide our visitors with a different view of these much-maligned predators.
“Sharks are always one of the most asked about creatures by visitors and we’re hoping that by providing a week-long event dedicated to these amazing fish we will be able to convert some more youngsters into shark loves rather than shark fearers,” he added.
Blue Planet Aquarium even offers visitors the once in a lifetime opportunity to dive with sharks.
Sharks first appeared in our seas 350 million years ago – that’s a 100 million years before the dinosaurs. Today there are over 350 different species from the 18cm spined pygmy shark to the 18-metre whale shark.
British waters are visited by around 30 different species – including the world’s second largest, the basking shark, which can grow to 12 metres.
- Blue Planet Aquarium is open daily from 10am, except Christmas Day. Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9LF. Tel: 0151 357 8804. Visit www.blueplanetaquarium.com to book online and save 20% off normal admission price (May 23rd-31st).
Issued by Blue Planet Aquarium. For more information please contact Phil Jones on 0151 357 8806.
Daily Shows, Talks and Feeds Aquatheatre presentations featuring divers and a fish feed take place daily in our spectacular Aquatheatre viewing window. Our usual weekday schedule for these is 11.30, 1.30 and 3.30 with additional shows added on weekend days. This awesome display will tell you more about the animals in our Ocean Display and what it takes to be a Diver! Each show lasts approx. 25 minutes. Note shows are subject to change ask for daily details on arrival. All presentation times are displayed on a screen situated in our foyer. Learn More – Daily Feeds operate on the following schedule – Otters! – Every day outside by our Asian Short Clawed Otter Exhibit at 2pm Mondays – Frogs Tuesdays – Coral Cave Wednesdays – Piranha Thursdays – Caiman Fridays – Flooded Forest Saturdays – Electric Eel Sundays – Piranha