Bristol Aquarium will be taken over by sea monsters as part of a special October Half Term event which runs from Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 30th.

Among the ‘monsters’ on display will be wolf fish, reputed to be Britain’s ugliest fish, the world’s biggest octopus species and venomous lion fish.

Interactive displays and special sea monster themed talks will provide more information about famous tales of the deep and a fact trail will feature monstrous myths and legends throughout history, infamous hoaxes, cases of mistaken identity and even modern reports of sea monsters.

Other activities on offer to younger visitors throughout the week include monster mask making, beastly story tours, terrifying touchboxes and competitions.

Bristol Aquarium’s Mike Coe said: “The idea of sea monsters has both fascinated and horrified humans since the dawn of time.

“This exhibition will be a mixture of real sea monsters – like the giant Pacific octopus – as well as stories of sea monsters through the ages from biblical times, through to Greek and Roman mythology and medieval myths.

“Even today there are hundreds of reported sea monster sightings each year and, as the mysterious depths of the oceans are gradually explored, more and more amazing creatures previously unknown to science are being discovered.

“In fact some of these new discoveries are weirder than even the most incredible of sea monster stories!”