Blue Reef Aquariums in the UK
The Blue Reef Aquarium is located in the United Kingdom and is a national chain of aquariums, with centers located in Hastings, Newquay, Portsmouth, Tynemouth and Bristol. One thing all the aquariums have in common is their dedication to preserve marine life and educate the public on the magnificent sealife that is found in the oceans of the world. Visitors will therefore not only experience and view sealife that is found off the coast of the United Kingdom, but also in tropical destinations and some of the world's most breathtaking reefs.
Each display has been constructed to imitate the fish and other creatures' natural environment, and the exhibits also educate the public on the importance of conserving marine life. Talks and workshops are held on a regular basis and with more than forty displays; visitors will view everything from lobsters to sharks and fish. The Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth has displays including toxic toads, terrapins, otters and a giant Pacific octopus. It is also home so an underwater tunnel where visitors can get close to the coral reefs and tropical fish. The Seal Cove was opened in 2007, and features a five hundred thousand liter pool that has underwater caves and rock features, as well as a walkway and underwater viewing panels, allowing visitors to marvel at the speed and agility of the seals from above and under water.
Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings was opened in 2008 and has a magical underwater garden filled with sharks, seahorses, puffer fish and a great variety of corals. It is a state-of-the-art facility that also features an underwater tunnel. Portsmouth also offers all the great displays the other aquariums do, but has added an outdoor activity center, the Blue Reef Beach Club, that offers a massive play area for children, complete with showers and fountains.
At the Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium, visitors can look forward to viewing trigger fish, turtles, octopus, nautilus and cuttlefish, as well as the Tropical Shark Lagoon that was opened in 2008. Here visitors will be taken into a world of tropical sharks and rays, such as blue spotted rays, stingrays, and zebra sharks. Barry, a four foot polychaete worm, has been moved to his own tank after causing too much damage to the reefs and fish. The Bristol aquarium also offers magical displays, as the other aquariums do, with underwater tunnels and forty live displays.
The Blue Reef Aquarium chain hopes to share its enthusiasm for marine life with the public and give them the opportunity to respect, learn and be amazed by the beauty and intricate world of the ocean in all its forms.