News Update for April/May 2012
Meet the Team
Here is the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary´s new team photo.

Click here to see a larger version.
The centre's new team photo
There are some new faces and some familiar faces
you may recognise who have been at the Centre for years.


Easter Fun Day
Forest Adventure Play Area Craig, the Attraction´s Manager, would like to thank everyone for coming along to the Easter Fun Day in April.
1,130 people visited on what was the centre´s busiest day. 16,000 chocolate easter eggs were hidden (and found) in the forest adventure play area.
The centre also had chainsaw carving demonstrations, badge making, face painting, bouncy castle and
a great time was had by all.
Snake Neck Turtles
The snake neck turtles are carnivorous, eating a variety of animals. These includes insects, worms, tadpoles, frogs, small fish, crustaceans and molluscus. Australian snake-necked Turtles
In early summer the female will lay between 2 and 10 eggs in the banks of her aquatic habitat. Three to five months later the hatchlings break out of their shells. These young turtles often fall prey to predators such as fish and birds. Females will lay
1 to 3 clutches of eggs per year.
Otters
Just like
William and Kate,
the otters,
Isla and Lewis
celebrated
their 1st wedding anniversary on
26th April. Yes Lewis did remember a card!
Otters
Fish Farming
The new Fish Farming area is now open to educate people about what Fish Farming on the West Coast is all about. Also there is a new behind the scenes area to visit.
Breeding Programme
Good news the Aquarists have managed to hatch the Axolotls eggs, the guys have done a fantastic job so well done to Dennis, Pete, Gareth and Innes. That´s process!
Axolotls
Interesting Fact
Did you know that the horseshoe crab is more closely related to spiders than crabs? WOW!
New Arrivals
On your next visit to the
SEA LIFE check out the
new arrivals:-

Leopard Moray Eels, Zebra Moray Eels, Gurnards, Porcupine Puffer Fish (photo below) and along with a tank of Macropodia.
Porcupine Puffer Fish
Summer Opening Times
The Centre is open from 10am onwards each day apart from Christmas Day, so come along and join in the fun.

For closing times, please contact the centre
on 01631 720386.
And Finally....A Fishy Fact

The common starfish have a bizarre eating habit; they feed by forcing their membranous stomachs out through their mouths and secreting enzymes that digest the food, which is transported to the gut by special hair-like cilia. The common starfish is normally 10-30cm. They can grow to a maximum diameter 50cm. Common starfish vary in colour; through they are usually orange, pale brown or violet.
A library photo of a starfish
They have five tapering arms that turn up at the tip when active. Tube feet allow the starfish to cling on to rocks in wild conditions. Severed arms may be capable of becoming new individuals. Their habitat varies and includes coarse and shelly gravel and rock. Starfish are active carnivores.
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