Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium has unexpectedly become home to four new Pokemon Go characters.
Staff at the North Tyneside wildlife attraction noticed an increase in passers-by and visitors using their smartphones in and around the aquarium.
They discovered the aquarium was now home to a host of different, aquatic themed Pokemon characters including Jynx, Magikarp, Poliwag and Zubat.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Harris said:
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones where players move around the real world in search of virtual characters.
In the latest versions, which is already proving to be a global phenomenon, players can visit Pokestops - typically landmarks or buildings - and collect free items in the game.
The main aim is to catch Pokemon, which pop up along the way. The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone's camera to provide a live view of the world, with Pokemon superimposed.
Any creatures caught can be used in battle against other players at Pokemon gyms.