On the morning of our last day in Cornwall for the Bank Holiday, my friends & I decided to go to Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay. Our group takes the trip down south every May but have never actually visited the aquarium. This year, that was rectified!
Full from Martha’s Tearooms cream tea & armed with a ‘£2.00 off per person’ voucher found in the For One & All Local Booklet, we made our way to Towan Beach. Located at the top of Towan, the premises looks small from the outside. But it’s like a Tardis, it’s huge on the inside!
The Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay started off with a Cornwall Seashore Zone, where tidal pools sat. There were the things you’d find whilst rockpooling: small fish, anenomies, crabs, crustaceans & various sea plants that you’d find whilst rockpooling.
Along with a tank for the shallow water fish, including the native Dogfish pictured above.
The walkway then snaked around to a Tropical Rivers section. Here, we found the newly housed Piranhas. These sharp-teeth fish are always fascinating to see & read about.
It was also in this section that a Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman Crocodile lives!
Next up was the Cold Water Zone & a very lively Giant Pacific Octopus! I’ve never seen an Octopus be so active! It was definitely one of the highlights & I could have watched it swim & move around all day.
Then came the Warm Water Zone. One of the most impressive things about the Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay is it’s diversity of species. There were lots of sea creatures that we’d never seen before. This factor completely sets it apart from a lot of the other similar attractions.
There was also this incredibly stunning Mandarin Fish. Just look at those colours!! Insert a heart-eyed emoji here!
We walked from tank to tank, watching the bright tropical fish dart about, before walking through the underwater tunnel.
As it says on the website, this is the centrepiece of the aquarium & although the glass is scratched in places, it’s clear to see why. Various species of fish swim around you, whilst Black Tip Reef Sharks glide above your head. These are also joined by a Moray Eel, a Bamboo Shark & a Sting Ray.
Of course, time spent in an aquarium wouldn’t be complete without finding Nemo. Or in this case, a lot of Nemo’s!
Then there’s the star of the show: a Loggerhead Turtle named Omiros. Omiros was rescued from Greece by the Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay but due to some eye damage that left him blind, he was unable to be released back in to the wild. He’s now 35 years old & seems quite content swimming around the outskirts of the pool, occasionally bumping in to things along the way!
He was so calming to look at & swam so gracefully. We stood on the viewing platform above the tank for at least half an hour, just watching him.
The final tanks that skirted the platform were Coral Conservation & Spine themed. The aquarium spends a lot of time, effort & money in to conservation, so this section was especially interesting to see. Plus, these Lionfish always remind me of the Naked Gun films!
There was also plenty of information boards throughout, full of fun facts & conservation titbits. That coupled with the amazing animals & small gift shop & cafe at the end, what more could you want on a day out?!
The Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay really was one of the better sea life centres I’ve visited & will definitely be going again in the future.