A taste of the Tropics in St. Andrews as aquarium opens

If you go down to St. Andrews Aquarium this Easter weekend, you’re in for a tropical surprise. The Fife attraction has created The Reef, a spectacular showcase of themed tanks holding 15 different species of tropical and marine fish.

They include Green and Leopard Moray Eels, Pufferfish, Lionfish, Clownfish and Seahorses spread over five brand new exhibits located at the end of the visitor tour.

The aquarium invested approximately £30,000 on The Reef as part of a four-month winter refurbishment. It brought in leading European aquarium company Aquarium Technology Ltd to reproduce the look of tropical waters using replica corals and imitation rocks, with displays that create the feel of walking through a reef.

John Mace, manager of St. Andrew’s Aquarium, commented:

“The Reef really does bring the tropics to St. Andrews and the Fife coast, and we can’t wait to show off our bigger, better collection of tropical and marine life to visitors. It not only reels visitors in but it’s a fabulous experience for them to end their visit on.”

“We’re home to more than 100 animals from all parts of the world, making us a go-to for locals and visitors from further afield. The Reef provides an extra reason to visit the Aquarium over Easter and during the school holidays.”

Snappy Names Chosen for Baby American Alligators

In a nationwide competition to name two baby American Alligators who arrived at St Andrews Aquarium last month has ended with 11 year old Libby Findlay triumphing and naming the snappy pair Barack and Michelle after the American President and his First Lady.

The pair of American Alligators arrived at St Andrews Aquarium in December and are expected to grow up to between 3m and 5m in length.

The unusual competition took place on the St Andrews Aquarium Facebook Page where entrants were asked to put forward their two favourite names for the male and female Alligators. Libby, who stays in the Isle of Man won a cuddly fish and a family pass to the Aquarium so she can come and visit Barack and Michelle again soon.

John Mace, Manager of St Andrews Aquarium commented:

“It was a tough decision to pick a winner out of all the suggestions, but we loved Libby’s idea of naming them Barack and Michelle straight away as there was a clear link as to why she had chosen the names.

“Since arriving last month the Alligators have settled in really well and visitors are always commenting on how cute the baby Alligators are. I’m sure they will really take to their new names of Barack and Michelle!”

For more information on St Andrews Aquarium please visit www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk