Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth launch back-to-school alphabet trial

Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is preparing for the end of the school holidays by launching a fishy-themed Alphabet Trails.

The Southsea wildlife attraction is hoping the fun trails will help get reluctant pupils back into the swing of all things scholastic before the start of the new term.

Staff have devised two trails for differing age groups featuring the real-life fishy inhabitants of the aquarium.

Younger visitors will have to tick off each of the animals they can spot, while older children need to fill in the missing letter to spell the correct species.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Hannah Butt said: “We wanted to come up with something fun and educational which will help get our younger visitors enthused about the new school year.

“Hopefully it will ease them into the new term and maybe even provide them with some new knowledge which will be of use to them in the future.”

From the hidden world of UK waters, Blue Reef transports visitors to the spectacular ‘underwater gardens’ of the Mediterranean and the stunning beauty of tropical waters — home to everything from seahorses and puffer fish to living corals and tropical sharks.

At the aquarium’s heart is a giant tropical ocean tank where an underwater walkthrough tunnel offers incredibly close encounters with a huge range of exotic coral reef species.

More than 40 naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep from native sharks and rays to the cute otters and colourful reptiles and amphibians.

The Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth is open 10:00am daily. For more information call 02392 875222.

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