Visitors will have the chance to come face-to-face with some of the marine world’s grossest inhabitants this half-term at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.
Ugh! Week will showcase sea creatures more unpleasant behaviour from starfish that throw up their own stomach contents to fish that eat poo.
Young and old alike will be able to find out more about the smelliest, squidgiest and slimiest marine animals and discover why their disgusting habits are essential for surviving in the watery depths.
Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino says: “Youngsters always seem to have a strange fascination for the more unpleasant aspects of the underwater world.
“So, with this in mind, we’ve decided to once again dedicate the entire half-term holiday period to a selection of critters that are guaranteed to make you go ugh!
“Our aquarists have really enjoyed coming up with a series of disgusting demonstrations and offensive experiments.
“In addition to all the hands-on activities and workshops we’ve also put together a trail through the aquarium highlighting our most hideous residents and their awful attributes.
“There’s everything from ugly wolf fish to slimy eels, cannibalism and much more.”
Special features will include Ugh! trails, feely boxes, rock pool encounters and the chance to get up close to some of the fishes’ favourite foods.
Activities between February 11-19 will see the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with everything from locusts and mealworms to lobster shells, shark jaws and giant crab claws.
Ugh! themed talks and feeding demonstrations will also be taking place daily throughout the holiday period.
The Blue Reef Aquarium is just a few minutes’ walk from both Tynemouth and Cullercoats Metro stations and enjoys commanding views over both Longsands and the North Sea.
Visitors can go on a journey from the coast at Tynemouth to exotic tropical waters and alongside marine animals such as seals, otters, Nemo-esque clownfish and starfish there is also a colony of monkeys, including pygmy marmosets and comical looking cotton topped tamarins.