Visitors to the National Marine Aquarium this Easter will be able to learn about eggs of a very different variety, with a host of exciting activity dedicated to the huge array of weird and wonderful eggs found in our oceans.
Children and adults alike can look forward to an Easter Eggstravaganza of activities and shows, including daily talks about the Aquarium’s various breeding programmes, such as the scallop hatchery and seahorse programme. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the Aquarium’s very own underwater babies including Cuttlefish, Seahorses, Sharks, Rays and Jellyfish.
A daily interactive show will be hosted in the Just Add H2O Creative Centre, providing a family friendly look at marine courtship and the often bizarre behaviour it entails, and how eggs can survive under water and baby creatures cope in the big wide ocean. There will also be a fun trail for all the family to get involved with, as well as arts and crafts in the Craft Centre.
During their visit, Aquarium-goers will learn some truly fascinating facts about eggs under the sea – such as shark egg cases are known as Mermaid Purses, some fish leave their eggs to float in the currents, others build nests, and some even hold their eggs in their mouths!
And if visitors are still hoping for something a little bit eggstra this Easter, Myrtle the Turtle will also be making special appearances throughout the Easter holidays.
Dr David Gibson, Managing Director of the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming our Easter visitors to what we are sure will be a great fortnight of exciting activity. Our ocean creatures lay and hatch their eggs in an amazing number of ways, and we’re hoping that our activities prove that there’s more to Easter animals than just chicks and bunnies. It’s set to be a really fun and educational holiday period here at the Aquarium.”