Help the Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium count the fish and you could win a prize
A Westcountry aquarium is compiling its own fishy census in a new year stock-take with a difference.
Visitors at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium are being invited to help spot and record the number of various species including tropical fish, sharks, turtles and rays.
An official count will then be carried out to establish the actual population and the child who is closest will win a year's membership at the aquarium.
Jenni Smith, of Blue Reef, said: "January has traditionally always been the time of year when we do an official check on all our stock numbers.
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"We thought it would be a good idea to involve the visitors in the whole process as well and turn it into a fun activity that everyone can take part in.
"Obviously some creatures will be rather easier to count than others. The sharks are usually fairly straightforward, although there are a number of species that like to spend much of their time either hidden among the rocks or under the sand. Flatfish can be a little tricky as they're very well camouflaged and species like our seahorses are also tough as they can produce hundreds of babies at a time which are little bigger than the end of a matchstick," she added.
The aquarium boasts more than 40 naturally-themed displays to transport visitors from rocky Cornish shores to exotic coral reefs.
A giant ocean tank with an underwater walk-through tunnel is home to hundreds of colourful fish, tropical sharks and Omiros – the rescued loggerhead turtle.
Other displays feature a giant Pacific octopus, seahorses and lobsters, piranhas and caiman crocodiles.