For the duration of February, we at Deep Sea World ran an event talking all things weird and wonderful. This event allowed visitors to learn odd and unusual facts about a variety of creatures that they might find in our aquarium.
The items featured were Sand Tiger Shark jaw, Megalodon Shark tooth. Also European Lobster pincher, Spiny Lobster. Plus a Porcupine Pufferfish, both inflated and deflated. Along with an old underwater helmet, current underwater goggles, bleached coral and a jar of nerdals.
What are some of the weird and wonderful facts?
Sand Tiger Shark’s lose around one tooth a day, which is replaced by teeth hidden behind them. In comparison to the Megalodon shark tooth, it looks tiny. The megalodon shark, researchers say, sized up to around 59 feet. They did however go extinct around 3-4 billion years ago.
The European’s lobsters have enough strength in their claws to cut off a finger. However, spiny lobsters, don’t have any pincers. They’re also nocturnal and will only come out at night to seek food. We have our own European lobster called Larry in the aquarium!
We also have a porcupine puffer fish in our aquarium called Otis. These types of fish are extremely poisonous and can triple their size when they feel threatened!
Some older underwater helmets were made with metal which they found to be heavy. The original helmet had been designed for firefighters but the metal got too hot. Luckily, the masks we use now are lightweight and are not made of plastic.
We pride ourselves for having our own coral, that we can give to other aquariums. Showing off this coral gave people a closer look without disturbing nature.
Any nerdles featured which were found in our local beach featured because we are striving to reduce plastic pollution. We are frequently spreading awareness and reviewing how we can do more.
The event intrigued passing visitors and our team as always were happy to answer any questions. All round we think that our visitors in February know more weird and wonderful facts than they did in January.
If you missed it and wanted to see it, let us know and we might bring it back. Deep Sea World do love weird and wonderful things after all
Find out any upcoming events here – https://www.deepseaworld.com/events-and-experiences/upcoming-events/