Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
The Blue Reef Aquarium at the coastal resort of Newquay is situated on Towan Beach.
The Blue Reef is one of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Visitors will be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast and hundreds of tropical species to be seen in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel where a spectacular coral reef housed within a giant ocean display.
Over 40 naturally themed habitats take visitors on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas. Come face to face with freshwater turtles, watch pulsating jellyfish and meet amazing pufferfish.
At the Aquarium's heart is the ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of giant Loggerhead turtle, reef sharks and shoals of colourful fish.
Black Tip Reef Sharks- Carcharhinus melanopterus - The largest of all the species of sharks we have here at Blue Reef Newquay, they can grow up to almost 2 meters in length. Closely related to Tiger and Bull sharks.
Giant Pacific Octopus - Enteroctopus dofleini - These extremely intelligent creatures belong to the Cephalopod family which also contains cuttlefish and the prehistoric nautilus; they are also distantly related to the common garden snail.
Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman Crocodiles- Paleosuchus palpebrosus - One of the smallest crocodilians, Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman grow to a maximum of 1.5m. Originating from the Amazon rainforest they feed on fish, amphibians and small mammals.
Loggerhead Turtle- Caretta caretta - Sea turtles are at risk from many different threats in their natural habitats; Omiros the Loggerhead turtle was rescued in Greece with damage to his eyes meaning he is blind