Sea Life Brighton is celebrating the arrival of a new baby California Horn Shark, the first creature of its kind to be born at the aquarium.

The as yet unnamed baby is thought to be a female, but is still too young and too small to be categorised for certain – currently measuring just 14 centimetres.

The shark’s proud parents have been housed at Sea Life Brighton for over three years, and have taken their time to expand the family. However, this youngster was worth the wait.

She will now be registered with the European stud book, which means that she will help to maintain the overall population of California Horn Sharks in European aquariums when she is older, as part of Sea Life’s Breed, Rescue, Protect programme.

Kerry Perkins, Aquarist at Sea Life Brighton commented: “We are thrilled to welcome this new addition to Sea Life Brighton.

“Horn Sharks can grow to be as big as 1.2 metres, so this little one has got a long way to go to catch her parents up. We look forward to seeing her grow and will be charting her development during her time at Sea Life Brighton. I’m sure our visitors will enjoy being able to watch such a fascinating creature mature when she is on display in the Behind the Scenes tour.”

In the run up to Easter (10-17 April), Sea Life Brighton will be hosting a series of giveaways on its Facebook page. Prizes include VIP feeding experiences at the aquarium, a family meal at Donatello’s, a Sea Life Annual Pass and wine tasting for two at Ridgeview. The week’s main prize will be the opportunity to name the new baby California Horn Shark. To take part, visit Facebook : Sealife Brighton.

Sea Life Brighton is open from 10am every day apart from Christmas Day. Visitors can save more than 40% by booking in advance online. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Visit Sealife : Brighton.

About Sea Life Brighton

The world’s oldest operating aquarium, open to visitors for more than 140 years, SEA LIFE Brighton is home to more than 3,500 creatures including sharks, turtles, seahorses, rays and an anaconda.

Highlights include feeding demonstrations throughout the day, an interactive rock pool and the fantastic 360-degree Ocean Tunnel.

SEA LIFE Brighton also offers visitors the opportunity to experience the marine world from the unique perspective of a glass-bottomed boat – the first aquarium in the UK to do so.

A popular attraction with visitors of all ages, SEA LIFE Brighton was named ‘The Best Place to Visit’ at this year’s Brighton and Hove Business Awards, testament to its enduring charm and appeal.

SEA LIFE Brighton is part of the Merlin Entertainments group.

The aquarium is open every day apart from Christmas Day, from 10am. Check current closing times on the website.

Visit Visit Sea Life : Brighton for more information.

Merlin Entertainments plc

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c25,000 employees.

Among Merlin’s attractions are – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future.

Visit Merlin Entertainments for more information.

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