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We hope you enjoy reading about Bristol Aquarium news, display updates and behind-the-scenes stories. For more information on a particular news story please contact the aquarium office on 0117 929 8929.

Santa’s sprouts’ treat

December 24, 2014


Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to Bristol Aquarium to deliver some unusual gifts in the shape of Brussels sprouts to some of their aquatic residents. Father Christmas dropped in to help hand feed the inhabitants of the Harbourside attraction’s open-top Amazon display. The 60,000-litre freshwater display is home to a variety of pacus, catfish, […]

Jelly babies

December 22, 2014


Bristol Aquarium is awash with dozens of juvenile jellyfish. The horde of moon jellyfish, known as a ‘smack’ were donated by another UK aquarium to form part of captive breeding programmes at the Harbourside wildlife attraction. Moon jellyfish get their name from the four purplish ‘half moons’ on top of their transparent ‘bell’. This bell […]

Merry Fish-mas!

December 12, 2014


There’s a fun-packed programme of festive themed events and activities taking place at Bristol Aquarium over the Christmas Holidays (Saturday, December 20th – Sunday, January 4th). The Harbourside wildlife attraction will be staging 10 different daily talks, feeds and workshops throughout the festive period as part of their ‘Merry Fish-mas’ celebrations. Visitors can enjoy a […]

Starfish stampede

December 8, 2014


Bristol Aquarium is awash with close to a century of spiky starfish. The five-legged invertebrates have been donated to the Harbourside attraction after being caught by fishermen. The bumper haul was initially looked after in the aquarium’s quarantine area before being distributed throughout their native marine displays. To celebrate their arrival, aquarists have set up […]

Aquarium goes bananas

November 28, 2014


A banana palm has flowered for the first time in the giant glasshouse at Bristol Aquarium. The dwarf Cavendish tree has been part of the botanical collection at the Harbourside attraction for five years but has waited until now to begin flowering. The sudden appearance of the large purplish flowers should signal a crop of […]

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