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Counting the fish - not quite as easy as one, two, three!

It's the end of the year and for many businesses that means time to stock take - a chance to tot up all the assets.

But for some that's no easy task - imagine having to count thousands of constantly moving fish.

That's what staff at Brighton's Sea Life Centre are doing, and they've roped in visitors to help, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

'Secrets of the reef' revealed in Brighton

A new exhibition revealing 'the secrets of the reef' has opened to visitors at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton this weekend. It highlights the centre's coral conservation work in the Maldives, where huge swathes of coral has been lost due to global temperature changes. The display also features a new seahorse breeding programme. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Carey Duckhouse, the exhibition's curator.


Brighton and Hove Albion stars at Brighton Sea Life

Brighton and Hove Albion Stars Credit: Brighton Sea Life
Brighton and Hove Albion Stars Credit: Brighton Sea Life
Brighton and Hove Albion Stars Credit: Brighton Sea Life

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

New charity start by appealing to save dolphins in Japan

The company behind the Brighton Sea Life Centre have launched a new marine conservation charity and started by condemning the massacre of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

The Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust, which is headed up by Sarah Taylor, has appealed for zoos and other animal sanctuaries to withdraw any association with the dolphin drive fishery.

Sarah said, "Dolphins are herded into a cove and after some have been removed to go to captive facilities, the rest are cruelly butchered.

"We are proud to be working alongside global organisations such as the Whale and Dolphin Conservation group, to end the Taiji horror.

"This campaign very much reflects the new Trust's objectives, and is a good place for us to start."

Dolphins are being massacred in Taiji in Japan Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre

Saving sharks in Oz: Planned cull sparked outrage

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.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The fish that could inspire the military - full report

Marine biologists are celebrating the birth of 25 baby cuttlefish - the first ever second generation offspring to be born at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

They are being used for research into camouflage by Sussex University as they have the ability to change their skin patterns in less than a second.

Andy Dickenson went to see them in action and spoke to cuttlefish researcher Kerry Perkins.


Baby cuttlefish born will help researchers with study

Three of the twenty-five baby cuttlefish that have been born so far Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre
Cuttlefish are able to change their skin pattern to camouflage themselves Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre

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."

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