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SOMETHING ‘EGG’-CITING IS HAPPENING THIS EASTER HOLIDAY AT SEAQUARIUM


Release Date: Thursday 12 March 2015

Thornback Ray at SeaQuarium Rhyl

From Saturday 21st March to Sunday 19th April, Rhyl SeaQuarium will be holding a whole host of extra Easter activities for the whole family.

 

The Easter Eggstravaganza is back by popular demand. This time the

children will be encouraged to follow the ‘Eggsplorers’ Trail and unscramble a secret Easter password to win a chocolate prize. Also there is an exciting competition to win 16GB iPod Touch - all you need to do is find the missing Golden egg and capture a photo with the egg and upload it to our Facebook page to be entered.

 

There will also be an Easter Eggsplorers Craft Club where children can make their very own Easter Bonnet. With special Easter-themed shows and encounters by our resident seals that live at SeaQuarium’s Sea Lion Cove show times 1.00pm – 3.00pm. 

 

There will be lots of themed talks and the chance to meet our new Ray that has been re-homed to encourage our own Rays to produce some fertile eggs.

 

Lots of species of sharks, rays and skates lay eggs. The shape of the egg is distinctive for each species so it is easy to identify which species it has come from. You can often find empty egg cases washed up along the strand line on the beach as Thornback rays are common throughout the coasts of Britain and Ireland as they are one of the most abundant species of ray in in-shore waters. They have a row of ‘thorns’ down running down their backs that give them their name and they can reach up to 1 metre in wingspan with the females usually growing bigger than the males. 

 

Female Thornback rays can lay up to 150 eggs per year. The eggs, also known as mermaids’ purses, will take around 9 to 10 months to hatch. In this time the embryo will feed off the yolk sac and when ready will emerge as a perfect little replica of the parents, ready to fend for itself.

 

Aquarist Sam Rees says ‘our female rays have been producing eggs for a number of years but as we didn’t have an active male they have never been fertile. We are hoping that by introducing the new male they will produce some fertile eggs and eventually baby Thornback rays will be born and raised in the centre’

 

During the Easter holidays all of SeaQuariums exhibits will be open as usual as we invite eggsplorers to find the lettered eggs hidden around the aquarium. Standard admission prices are £9.50 for adults and £8.50 for children. There will be talks and demonstrations throughout the day where visitors can learn more about the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the oceans and beyond. You can also watch as our latest resident is fed along with our other rays and fish on display in our Ray Pool every other day at 2pm.
 

Rhyl SeaQuarium is located on the promenade in Rhyl and opens at 10am daily with last admissions at 5pm. Further information is available from SeaQuariums official website: www.seaquarium.co.uk or by telephone on 01745 344660.

 

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TODAY AT RHYL...

OPEN: Daily from 10.00am.
LAST ADMISSION: 4.00pm
CLOSES: 5.00pm

ADMISSION:
Adult - £9.50 (16-64yrs)
Child - £8.50 (3-15yrs)
Under 3's - Free
Concessions - £8.99
(Senior Citizen, Disabled, Student).

See our Opening Times & Prices page for further info.
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