Sea the Difference at the National Marine Aquarium this February half-term

9th February 2018

This February half-term, the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be taking visitors on an ocean adventure with its Sea the Difference activity. Running from 10-18 February, Sea the Difference will offer the opportunity to find out more about our beautiful coastal waters and the unique marine life found right here in the UK.

Partnering with organisations from throughout the south west, including RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and Shark Trust, plus more to be announced, visitors will be able to meet scientists, conservationists and marine heroes who all champion ocean conservation. The week-long event will provide the ideal opportunity for visitors to learn all about the positive work that is taking place to look after our precious seas, the threats facing our native marine life, and the small actions they can take at home to help. There will also be a variety of activities, games and ocean adventures throughout the week.

Helen Gowans, Host Supervisor at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “We’re encouraging all who are curious about the weird and wonderful ocean creatures that live on our doorstop to visit the NMA this February half-term. Protecting our oceans and preserving them for our future is perhaps one of the planet’s most pressing issues. It’s therefore hugely important that we raise awareness about how we can do our bit at home to look after our marine neighbours.

“We’re hoping that our activities will help demonstrate what’s being done to keep local ocean habitats safe, as well as have some fun at the same time! It’s set to be a brilliant visit for all of the family, and we hope it will help them ‘Sea the Difference’ they can make.”

South West Coastal Facts:

The waters off the south west of England are home to some amazing creatures. These include:

  • The world’s biggest jellyfish, the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, which has tentacles 37m long, as tall as a 14 storey building!
  • The ocean’s most intelligent predator, the Orca, which has developed languages, culture, and even plays with fishermen by stealing their fish!
  • The world’s fastest shark, the Shortfin Mako, which reaches speeds of 45mph!
  • The world’s longest animal, the Bootlace Worm, which can grow up to 55m long and is covered in toxic mucus
  • At least 21 species of shark, from tiny Lantern Sharks to enormous Basking Sharks
  • At least 18 species of rays and skates, including the Atlantic Torpedo Ray which can weigh up to 90kg and produces electric shocks of up to 220V!
  • At least 25 species of whale and dolphin, including Blue Whales, the biggest animal to have ever lived!

The South West has over 13,000km2 of Marine Conservation Zones and the longest National Trail in the UK, the South West Coast Path, at a staggering 630 miles of continuous coastline trail. All this makes the South West an ocean lover’s paradise.

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