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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.

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 […]

COMPETITION: Name baby shark

November 24, 2014

Bristol Aquarium is inviting visitors to come up with a name for their newly-arrived baby catshark. The tiny shark, a member of the native catshark family, is thriving in a temporary nursery tank alongside a colony of curious seahorses. Staff at the Harbourside attraction are asking the public to name the new arrival and say […]

Hermit crab ‘twin’

November 11, 2014

Hermit crab ‘twin’ leaves staff shell-shocked Shell-shocked staff at Bristol Aquarium thought they were seeing double when they discovered Herman, their giant tropical hermit crab, apparently sharing his display with an identical twin. On closer inspection it became clear the ‘twin’ was in fact a rare complete moult. The delicate moult is an exact replica […]

Seahorses drop anchor

October 30, 2014

A colony of giant seahorses at Bristol Aquarium are enjoying a new addition to their naturally-themed display – in the form of a large anchor, now resting on the seabed. As well as providing a nautical-theme to their tank, it is hoped it will also encourage the seahorses to ‘anchor’ themselves all over it at […]

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