Discovery pool

Have you ever wondered what Starfish look like from a close distance? Now you have a chance to see that in our Discovery pool! Discovery pool introduces different species and our staff will tell you more about them. Please note that species vary time to time and not all are presented at the same time. Our staff will tell you more about the creatures and, should you want, you'll get to feel e.g. shark or ray's egg sac. 

Starfish

Starfish are found in every ocean in the world! There are over 2000 known species, each one is full of surprises!

Did you know that a starfish can drop an arm at will if it needs to? If one is grabbed by a hungry predator they will drop it off and make their escape, eventually growing a new arm to replace it.

Starfish have no brain, heart or blood! What they do have is a specialised stomach. They can eject part of it out of their body to digest food much bigger than their mouth, and then suck it all back in to finish digesting it... Gross!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Sea Anemone

Sea Anemones look like colourful, underwater blooms and they got their name from the anemone flower.

They are in fact animals and are closely related to Jellyfish and Corals. They have no brain heart or blood, but that doesn't stop them from being great predators!

Stinging tentacles help Anemones to catch tiny plankton which they draw in to their mouth. Don't worry though as all the Sea Anemones you'll find in our Rockpool are safe to touch as their stings are too weak for us to feel.

If you go to the seaside it's always wise to look but don't touch as other species can give you a nasty sting, such as the beautiful, purple Snakelock Anemone.

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!

Crab

In our center you'll get to see egg sacs of Small-spotted Catshark. Egg sacs are in our tanks and you can try how empty egg sacs feel in our Interactive Creatures -pool. 

Small-spotted Catsharks egg sacs are made of keratin. Keratin is actually same material as our nails! In the ends of egg sacs you can see strings. With the help of these strings, the shark can attach the sacs to water plants. Egg sacs will develop into small shark within 5-11 months.