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EGGSTRA EGGS THIS EASTER FOR SEAQUARIUM RHYL!


Release Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mermaid’s purses

Staff at SeaQuarium Rhyl are gearing up for their annual Easter event and this year they are celebrating all things cat shark-related. 

For this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza which starts on 24 March and ends on 15 April, guests will be able to get up close to cat shark and ray egg cases and see the new babies that were recently born at the centre. 

SeaQuarium Rhyl’s most recent conservation project with the Shark Trust has helped the conservation efforts for the small spotted cat shark - a species found around the British Isles. Also known as the lesser-spotted dogfish, these unusual animals are extremely important for British waters as they are a top predator that helps to maintain a balance within their ecosystem. Their eggs, known as mermaid’s purses, are made from keratin - the same material as hair and fingernails - and can be found on beaches throughout the UK. 

The aquarium are encouraging anyone who spots any egg cases on the beach to get in contact with them or alternatively visit www.eggcase.org to report their findings. The identification of these critical areas will enable the Shark Trust to propose conservation measures in order to reverse the decline of these charismatic animals. 

Natalie Lewis, Aquarist, said, “In recent decades, several species of shark and ray around the British coast have dramatically declined in numbers. The empty cases that wash up on our beaches all year round are an easily accessible source of information on the whereabouts of sharks and ray nursery grounds, and we would like to hear from anyone who finds them.” 

She continued, “The fertile eggs we have will go on display in special nursery tanks, where visitors will be able to watch them grow, develop and hatch into babies.” 

The three-week-long Easter Eggstravaganza event will include a whole host of eggciting activities, including the centre’s newest fur seal Nelly, starring in a special Easter-themed Seal Show at 1pm and 3pm every day. For a chance to win a VIP Seal Encounter to meet Nelly and the rest of the fur seals, guests will need to find the missing golden egg, capture a picture of it and upload it to SeaQuarium Rhyl’s Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning the exclusive prize. 

For those with a sweet tooth, guests are encouraged to follow an Eggsplorer’s Trail and unscramble a secret Easter password to win a chocolate treat. There is also a free Easter Eggsplorers Craft Club, where children can make their very own Easter bonnet or design a colourful Easter egg to take home with them. 

Throughout each day, there will be talks and demonstrations where guests can learn more about the weird and wonderful creatures that live in and around the oceans. Aquarists will be paying particular attention to the cat shark and what can be done in order to support the conservation of the species. 

Explorers activities are included in the standard admission price, with the exception of the trail, which includes a small fee. SeaQuarium Rhyl is located on the promenade in Rhyl and opens at 10am daily, with last admission at 5pm.


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TODAY AT RHYL...

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

ADMISSION:
Adult - £9.75 (16-64yrs)
Child - £8.75 (3-15yrs)
Under 3's - Free
Concessions - £8.99
(Senior Citizen, Student).

See our Opening Times & Prices page for further info.
EGGSTRA EGGS THIS EASTER FOR SEAQUARIUM RHYL!

Staff at SeaQuarium Rhyl are gearing up for their annual Easter event and this year they are celebrating all things cat shark-related. 

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