Newquay aquarium revamps nursery to boost captive breeding
THE NURSERY area at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is being revamped in an attempt to further boost its captive breeding programmes.
The aquarium is hoping the re-themed nursery will allow visitors to watch aquatic newborns grow and develop before they are transferred to larger displays.
Paul Strachan, from Blue Reef, said that as well as providing a safe home for newborns, the displays also provides the perfect breeding conditions for a variety of species.
He added: “In recent years we have had a lot of success breeding various species of both native and tropical sharks and rays as well as seahorses, jellyfish and clownfish.
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“In the past much of this work would have gone on behind the scenes in our quarantine area but these displays allow the public to follow the progress of a variety of captive-bred species in purpose-built tanks.”
Currently the nursery houses clownfish, seahorses and a number of as yet unborn sharks and rays wriggling inside their egg cases.
A selection of native species, collected locally during the aquarium’s Seashore Safaris, are also on display in the nursery including prawns, plaice and wrasse.