SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester’s new deep-sea attraction, Lair of The Giant Crab, features two giant Japanese spider crabs, amongst other ‘monster-sized’ sea creatures. 

The new feature sees the Manchester attraction welcome a variety of deep-sea creatures, following a £400k investment by Merlin Entertainments into its North West attractions. 

Schools visiting will enjoy learning about the deep-sea creatures and their habitats, whilst getting a closer look at them.

Lair of The Giant Crab

Alongside the giant crabs, visitors will also see a giant Pacific octopus, the largest of all octopus species, and be invited to crawl amongst the fluorescent world of 100 floating moon jellyfish, in a new 360-degree doughnut tank. 

Jenn McDonough, general manager for Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, commented: “The fact that we’ve been able to provide a forever home for these amazing awe-inspiring creatures is just fantastic. 

“It’s a monstrous milestone for us here at Sea Life Manchester, and we’re proud to be making a name for ourselves as experts in giant sea creature care. 

“It’s incredible to be able to observe such remarkable creatures, and we’re certain that our guests will love them just as much as we do!” 

School information

A variety of workshops are available at SEA LIFE Manchester for Key Stage 1 and 2 groups and special packages and tours can be arranged. 

These workshops include Who Eats Who? which looks at food chains tying in with the Science Curriculum, and Save our Seas, a session about conservation.

Lair of the Giant Crab is included in the normal admissions price. Pre-booking is advised.

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