Sea Life Brighton is set to unveil its newest creature installation, Sea Stars and pupils will be able to use the displays to support lessons in Science, specifically Biology and under the sea learning.
The exhibition, due to open on 10th February, will showcase over 170 star fish, making it what’s said to be the largest display of its type in the UK.
What will pupils see during a visit?
Featuring almost 200 sea dwellers from across the world, Sea Stars is the UK’s largest celebration of the ocean’s most visually captivating, and most important creatures, the humble ‘star fish’.
The creatures come in a range of different shapes, sizes and colours, and far from the traditional five-armed sea star that is easily recognisable, some can have up to 200 arms.
Highlight creatures to spot include the Feather Star. It has a brightly coloured appearance and many feather-like arms, and Sea Life Brighton says that it’s one of the must-see stars of the new installation.
It will be joined by Mediterranean Red Sea Stars, most commonly spotted in shallow waters around Cyprus and Malta; the Sun Star, which encompasses the colours of a sunset; and the Blue Star, all the way from the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
As well as a host of enchanting creatures, school groups visiting Sea Stars will have the opportunity to learn about the vital role that star fish play in the ocean’s eco-systems and why they are often referred to as ‘keystone species’ in their habitats.
Primary and Secondary school groups are welcome at Sea Life Brighton and guided or self-guided tours can be arranged. There are a number of workshops available too, on Science topics including Life Cycles, Ocean Food Chain and Marine Art and Textiles.
For further information visit www.visitsealife.com/brighton.