Fri 5 Feb 16
Visitors to Deep Sea World, Scotland's national aquarium, will be able to meet a real-live mermaid and take part in treasure quests over the half-term holidays (February 10th – 21st).
The North Queensferry attraction's very own resident mermaid Ellie will be making special guest appearances on February 11th and 18th in the rockpool area. Visitors will be able to enjoy a chat with her and find out more about the magical mermaid.
Giant costume character Charlie the Clownfish will be on hand to help out with the Cool Clownfish Crafts Workshops, which will be taking place in the Shark Classroom on February 10th-11th, 15th-18th.
Plus there will be the chance to join Discovery Dave's team of explorers, Deep Sea World's fun new marine explorer character, on a series of quests around the aquarium to learn about special creature he has been researching (February 12th-14th, 19th-21st).
Deep Sea World's Kerry Myers said: "From treasure quests and cuddly clownfish to magical mermaids and close encounters with giant sharks, there's a fun-packed selection of amazing activities and events taking place throughout the half term holidays.
"Mermaid Ellie has even got a stunning new clownfish-coloured tail specially to celebrate," she added.
At 112 metres long Deep Sea World boasts the largest underwater walkway tunnel in Europe.
Its main Underwater Safari display holds 4.5 million litres of seawater, making it the largest temperate marine exhibit in the UK, and is home to one of Europe's largest collections of sharks and rays, as well as hundreds of other marine life including sea bass, crabs and lobsters.
Stars of the display are the giant, three-metre-long sand tiger sharks, the Critically Endangered angel sharks and the graceful eagle rays.