Blue Planet Aquarium Ellesmere Port Cheshire

Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium Ellesmere Port Cheshire  

There’s a world of underwater adventure just waiting to be discovered at the Blue Planet Aquarium.   

 

With over 100 living displays in six themed areas reveal the spectacular variety of life in the deep; from tropical sharks and lobsters to seahorses and stingrays. 

 

At the aquarium’s heart is the incredible 3.8 million litre Caribbean Reef display, complete with 230ft underwater tunnel, which houses Europe’s largest collection of sharks.

 

Be sure you check out one of our daily Aquatheatre shows and get up close to our divers as they feed the fish in our huge underwater viewing window – all in front of the sharks.   

 

Get close to nature with our hands on interactive rock pools. Learn about exotic fish, live corals and meet our cute clown fish in our Reef Magic exhibit. Other exciting exhibits include seahorses, starfish, piranhas, caiman crocodiles and otters in their spacious outdoor holt. The outdoor Pirate Adventure Playground is another favorite.

 

Come face to face with the planets deadliest creatures in our awesome new attraction – Venom.  From stinging jellyfish and deadly stonefish to sinister scorpions, black widow spiders and deadly vipers – there’s a world of pain to explore!

 

Dare you enter ‘Tarantula Tower’ where you will be able to step inside a Perspex tower surrounded by up to 50 giant spiders.



Amazing Amphibians

Amphibians are vertebrates (ie. they have a backbone) and are characterised by their moist skin. They do not have scales, hair, feathers or claws. Some species spend most of their time out of water but they tend to return to the water to breed. Here at Blue Planet Aquarium, you can learn how frogs have evolved to meet the widely different conditions of rainforests and arid regions.

Some are more successful than others, but sadly many amphibians, including the Golden Dart Frog, are currently amongst some of the most endangered species in the world. This is due largely to the systematic destruction of the rainforests. In our own country, amphibians are also on the decline as a result of the disappearance of ponds and wetlands. At Blue Planet Aquarium we have an extensive and successful breeding programme in place.

 

BLUE DART FROG

It is the most endangered of the poison dart frogs. But here at Blue Planet Aquarium, we are very proud of our successful dart frog breeding programme.

Maximum Size: 5CM

GREEN DART FROG

As with all the poison dart frogs, bright colours warn predators that it is poisonous and to leave it alone.

Maximum Size: 5CM

ROCCOCO TOAD

This amazing amphibian can inflate itself to nearly twice its size to warn off predators.

Maximum Size: 20CM

GOLDEN DART FROG

The world’s most poisonous creature – So called because its poison is used by the Amazon Indians on the tips of their darts – 1g of its poison can kill over 350 mice.

Maximum Size: 5CM

REGINA FROG

Native indians boil the frogs to make dye for colouring feathers which are used as decoration.

Maximum Size: 5CM

RED-EYE TREE FROG

Little hooks and pads on their toes help them stick to leaves and branches.

Maximum Size: 10CM

Reef Magic

‘Reef Magic’ will educate, amaze and enthuse you. Discover one of nature’s most complex and colourful tropical ecosystems, and raise your awareness of the threats to coral reefs – often called the nurseries of the seas. 

The living exhibit features over 15 different species of fish and 20 different types of coral as well as demonstrating the captive breeding process which aims to help alleviate pressure on endangered species in our world’s oceans.

The main attractions are a central, 2,000 litre free-standing tank which allows visitors to view every angle of this living exhibit, and a 4,000 litre tank will feature corals and fish exclusively from the Red Sea.

Four smaller 500 litre tanks complete the installation. These demonstrate differences in the behaviour of corals and fish during night and day and fluorescence. You will be able to see up close how different species of marine life behave at both times of day, alongside one another - one tank includes nocturnal fish and the other diurnal fish (asleep at night).

Coral reefs have thrived on earth for over 50 million years. In recent years, however, more than 20% of the world’s reefs have been lost, and 50% of remaining reefs are in jeopardy of collapse unless action is taken.

  

Aquatheatre

A spectacular window on another world...

Be sure not to miss one of the regular shows in our Aquatheatre with its awesome view of life in the depths around the reef. The presenter will tell you all about the fascinating creatures you’ll see swimming by – including the divers who will be joining in the presentation. You might be wondering what it’s like to swim amongst more than 1500 fish, including Europe’s largest collection of sharks – now’s your chance to ask!

LOOKDOWN

It has an incredibly thin body to make it hard to see when it approaches its prey.

Maximum Size: 30CM

ATLANTIC SPADEFISH

Sometimes mistaken for an Angel Fish. Often found in large schools around shipwrecks.

Maximum Size: 90CM

BIG-EYED SQURREL FISH

This fish from the western Atlantic can sometimes be seen swimming upside down.

Maximum Size: 60CM

QUEEN TRIGGER FISH

Will set up nest on the ocean floor and guard it fiercely.

Maximum Size: 60CM

FRENCH ANGEL FISH

Although beautiful in appearance, the males can be extremely aggressive.

Maximum Size: 2.1M

CREVALLEY JACK

Has a smooth skin and deeply forked tail to help speedy swimming.

Maximum Size: 1.2M

GOLDEN TREVALLY

They are known for closely following bigger fish such as sharks to gain protection from other predators.

Maximum Size: 1.2M

STOPLIGHT FISH

With its strong beak-like jaws and constantly regrowing teeth, it can even graze on live coral.

Maximum Size: 60CM

Aquatunnel

At the heart of the aquarium is our Aquatunnel, one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world at 70 m long. You’ll be taken on a spectacular underwater safari by our moving walkway and everywhere you look you’ll find amazing tropical fish and awesome sharks staring back at you!

Get up close and personal with Blue Planet Aquariums sharks, weighing in at up to 350lbs and at lengths of 3.2m Sand Tiger Sharks are by far the largest in our tank!

SAND TIGER SHARK

Sand tiger sharks are commonly known as ragged-tooth sharks in South Africa due to their 250 needle like teeth.

Maximum Size: 3.2 M

WOBBEGONG

This shallow water predator uses camouflage to hide from potential prey.

Maximum Size: 3 M

BLACK TIP REEF SHARK

This shark has a distinctive black tip to its dorsal fin.

Maximum Size: 1.9 M

LEOPARD SHARK

Living in shallow bays and lagoons they feed mostly on shell fish.

Maximum Size: 2 M

BAMBOO SHARK

These nocturnal bottom dwellers are so named because of their bamboo-like markings.

Maximum Size: 0.75 M

Deadly and Dangerous

Our Deadly and Dangerous exhibit is now home to a selection of the most venomous fish in the world, including this Reef Stonefish synancia vurrocosa - Deadly and Dangerous is not to be missed.

The lethal venom of this fish contains verrucotoxin, a protein that brings on intense pain, convulsions, hypertension, paralysis, respiratory weakness and collapse of the cardiovascular system – and you thought the sharks were the fish to be afraid of !

Other fish included in this area are the Volitains Lionfish, the largest member of the Lionfish family and their deepwater cousin the Mombasae Lionfish. Dwarf Lionfish can also been seen in the small crevices and the strange looking cockatoo wasp fish is also featured.

Our constant aim is to keep our displays fresh and exciting so the team intend to introduce even more venomous species into the displays, keep watching this space!

Freshwater Rivers & Streams

The first stage of your voyage around Blue Planet Aquarium introduces you to freshwater life that few of us have seen first-hand. These are inhabitants of the waters of the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, including the rivers and streams of the British Isles.

The Industrial Revolution polluted many of Europe’s waterways and it has only been in the last 50 years that they have started to recover. However there are new threats; these include the introduction of invasive species such as the CHANNEL CATFISH and BROOK TROUT into many European waters.

PIKE

Britain’s largest predatory freshwater fish, the pike has teeth angled to prevent prey escaping.

Maximum Size: 1.8M

CARP

The biggest carp caught in Europe (so far) weighed over 36kg (80lbs).

Maximum Size: 1.2M

PERCH

Perch have very sharp spikes on their dorsal fins to protect them against predators.

Maximum Size: 50CM

BREAM

Their slimy scales have a nasty taste to make themselves unattractive to other fish.

Maximum Size: 80CM

BROOK TROUT

Native to northern North America, they are found in clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams and lakes.

Maximum Size: 53CM

How to find us

Blue Planet Aquarium is easy to find.

By Road

Blue Planet Aquarium is at junction 10 of the M53 and is easy to find from the M56 and M6. If you're travelling from the M6, join the M56 at J20, then head towards Ellesmere Port and turn onto the M53 at junction15. Follow the brown tourist information signs for Blue Planet and Cheshire Oaks. We have ample car and coach parking.

Using Satellite Navigation?

Anyone using satellite navigation systems to find us should type in either the postcode CH65 9LF, or Kinsey Road.

 

Merseyrail Bus Link

Starting on Friday 24th July until Monday 31st august, a FREE bus service will connect with the train to link Ellesmere Port station to Blue Planet Aquarium. The bus service will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and August bank holiday.

 

By Bus

Regular bus services run from Liverpool, Chester, Ellesmere Port and North Wales to Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks. From Liverpool take the No 1 bus from Sir Thomas Street. From Chester take the No 1 or No 4 bus from the Central Bus Station.

By Train

If travelling by train, the nearest railway station is Ellesmere Port, about 2 miles away. Services run from Chester and Liverpool Lime Street Underground Station (Wirral Line).

For more information, please contact us on 0151 357 8804 

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