They may not be heading to the World Cup but Brighton& Hove Albion stars enjoyed a taste of Brazil after all, when they visitedBrighton Sea Life Centre.
The attraction will be unveiling a new £1 million Rainforest Adventure this Saturday, and invited the Seagulls to enjoy a special preview. They were joined by actress Annabel Giles, on her first jungle experience since her appearance on ‘I’m A Celebrity'.
The £1m Rainforest Adventure will bring a slice of Amazon jungle to the EastSussex seafront, and with it a host of new and intriguing creatures including anine-foot long, 16 kilo anaconda…the world’s largest snake species
Staff at the Brighton Sea Life Centre are outraged at plans in Australia to cull sharks, in an attempt to improve safety for beach goers.
The Government of Western Australia has announced the multi-million dollar plan, which includes setting baited hooks off beaches around Perth.
After seven fatal shark attacks in three years, the cull has not gone down well around the world.
The curator at the Sea Life Centre, Carey Duckhouse said:
Apart from the fact that many shark species are already on the brink of extinction due to over fishing and decades of persecution, the proposed solution to Perth's shark-attack problem is more likely to exacerbate than to solve it.
They want to attach lines and baited hooks to drums a mile off-shore and pay commercial fishermen to patrol them and kill any captured shark over three metres long.
That could include Great Whites, which are a protected species and in sharp decline, as well as species like Tiger and Bull sharks.
– Carey Duckhouse, Curator at Brighton Sea Life Centre
Anyone who would like to register their opposition to the proposed cull can do so by clicking here.
A batch of cuttlefish eggs laid by adults that were themselves born at Brighton Sea Life Centre have begun to hatch out.
Twenty-five babies have so far been born. They will be part of a study by the University of Sussex to look at how cuttlefish are able to change their skin patterns for camouflage.
Curator Carey Duckhouse said, "We have provided a special laboratory in the Brighton Sea Life Centre which University researchers are using to learn more about how the cuttlefish brain passes such swift and precise instructions to its body.
"They are genuinely amazing and fascinating creatures and the fact that we are now captive-rearing them means we can provide plenty of subjects for the University's research and rotate them regularly to ensure they suffer no ill effects."
Brighton Sea Life centre has teamed up with Portuguese scientists to try and combat fishermen who use cyanide to help with their catches. For the first time, the team at the Sea Life Centre will be able to find out if a fish has been exposed to cyanide without having to kill it.