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All About Blue Reef Aquarium

Date: 4th August 2018
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Piran Meadows Resort
Local Area

Marvel at the fascinating creatures in the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall and enjoy a wonderful, family day out!

Newquay is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, with endless miles of golden sandy beaches and family entertainment all around. It’s also home to our 5 star, award winning Piran Meadows Resort & Spa destination, which offers beautiful facilities, luxurious accommodation and is perfectly placed to explore the local area.

Piran Meadows is only a 20 minute drive from the fantastic Blue Reef Aquarium, where you can marvel at species from the Cornish coastline to the far away exotic seas. There are 40 naturally themed habitats to discover at the aquarium, where you’ll get to see turtles, sharks and even pufferfish. Head for the spectacular Underwater Tunnel at the heart of the aquarium, where the breathtaking coral reef is home to a variety of sharks, angelfish, rays, venomous lionfish and even a loggerhead turtle.

Critters & Creatures

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Among the largest species of shark at the aquarium is the Black Tip Reef Shark, named for the black spots on their noses, fins and dorsal fins. The sharks can hunt as soon as they are born, and hunt on coral reefs, you’ll find them in the Underwater Tunnel. Adults can grow to 1.2 metres in length.

Meet the Giant Pacific Octopus, which grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus. As well as being incredibly intelligent, the Giant Pacific Octopus can change its skin colour and pattern to mimic rocks and corals – how amazing! They are actually distantly related to the common garden snail and they have 3 hearts, blue blood and a brain shaped like a donut – they really are an animal like no other!

Head to the Sandy Seabed’s exhibition for a glimpse at the beautiful and underappreciated heroes of the Cornish coastline. You’ll see colourful wrasse and pipefish, as well as dogfish and rays, along with native sharks and rays that can be found on our coastline.

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The smallest the New World Crocodilians are Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman Crocodiles, they call the Amazon Rainforest home, but it is at a high risk of damage from mass deforestation, they can grow to a maximum of 1.5 metres long. Young crocs mainly eat invertebrates, while adults dine on fish, crabs, shrimp and small mammals.

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The loggerhead turtle is named for its overly large head and strong jaw, which allows it to crush hard-shelled prey. The resident loggerhead turtle at Blue Reef is Omiros, he was originally rescued in Greece with damage to his eyes, leaving him blind, which means he could not be released. Omiros is now 35 years old and weight a whopping 100kg! He’s very well looked after and you’ll be able to see him happily swimming around the tank.

Make sure to visit the Nurseries, where the displays are perfect breeding environments and staff are involved in pioneering breeding programmes for a wide range of native and exotic species, including clownfish, seahorses, sharks, jellyfish, rays and more.

Times & Prices

Open from 10am everyday. Last admission is at 5pm, doors close at 6pm.
Adult £10.95 / Child £8.50

The Blue Reef Aquarium is a fantastic family day out only 20 minutes’ drive away from Piran Meadows Resort & Spa. Our 5 star destination is home to fabulous facilities, including an indoor, heated swimming pool, onsite spa facilities with Aromatherapy Associates treatments, fantastic Go Active+ programme including archery, indoor entertainments area with 2 lane bowling alley and a delicious Bistro Restaurant available.

We are also home to a range of luxurious holiday accommodation available, and if you find that you don’t want to leave? Then why drop into our Holiday Home Sales Office, where you can view our range of holiday homes for sale at Piran Meadows, owning your own holiday home means endless holidays in Cornwall for you and your family.

Book your holiday today, or learn more about holiday home ownership at Piran Meadows Resort & Spa by calling our dedicated team on 01745 858010 or talk to an advisor via our Live Chat service today

Photo Credits: Nilfanion

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