NMA Plymouth

Beez Neez now Chy Whella
Big Bear and Pepe Millard
Tue 11 May 2010 22:41
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Sadly Danny was ill but we were joined by Rachel and Miffy for our trip to the aquarium
Crossing the road and hanging about
A motley crew taken by the photographer on my camera
Lots of creatures to see, Ben was particularly interested in the 'new exhibit'
Bird suggested I take this shot of Joshua and Uncle Miffy from the other side of the jellyfish exhibit
Then Uncle Miffy pointed out the sharks and showed us how they swim - with passengers
Then it was time to find Nemo
who was fit and well
Josh liked the cow fish, I liked the green crab
Stripes and dots

The National Marine Aquarium is a modern building which houses gigantic aquariums, a lecture hall, a cafe and a shop. The largest tank is ten metres deep and can be viewed from several different angles. Notable achievements of the NMA since its opening include the sinking of HMS Scylla to create an artificial reef in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, as well as the recently completed ExplorOcean exhibit. ExplorOcean is a highly interactive exhibit showcasing various underwater technologies, such as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). ExplorOcean features the AquaTheatre tank, where members of the public can volunteer to race ROVs through an underwater assault course. The effects of climate change and the possibilities of renewable energy sources are also key features in the exhibit. The new Mediterranean exhibit in the NMA is the deepest aquarium tank in Europe. It holds 3.3 million litres of warmed seawater, and its windows are made of acrylic glass. In 2009 with introduction of roughly eighteen new species from Barbados, the aquarium made one of the largest ever shipments of live fish into the UK.



But the best bit was our final tank where we watched a "dude"