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Visitors to the Blue Planet Aquarium will have the chance to take a privileged peek behind the scenes as part of a new year Access All Areas tour programme.

The Cheshire Oaks attraction is launching the new tours as part of a package of exciting new events and activities for 2013.

It’s the first time the giant aquarium has allowed the public to go behind the scenes and the new tours are already proving very popular.

Blue Planet Aquarium’s Rebecca Collins said: “Our team of experienced tour guides will take you behind the scenes to otherwise prohibited areas and show you how we care for our extensive collection of aquatic life.

“You’ll learn all about what we feed our animals, see how we test our water, visit our training and quarantine areas and even take a walk above our shark-infested three million-litre Caribbean Reef display!

“The tours have only been running for a few days but they are already proving to be a big hit with visitors who want to gain a unique insight in to what goes on behind the scenes,” she added.

The tours provide an opportunity to see first-hand how a state-of-the-art aquarium operates; from feed preparation for a huge range of aquatic creatures including crabs and lobsters to sharks and seahorses to making millions of litres of seawater and keeping it clean.

The highlight of the tours is the opportunity to take a walk along a platform above the aquarium’s massive Caribbean Reef display – home to one of Europe’s largest collection of sharks and rays.

Tours cost just £3 per person, last 30 minutes and take place on Saturday & Sunday and every day throughout the School Holidays (Unfortunately children under 90cm are not permitted on the tour).