Pokemon invade Tynemouth aquarium

Magikarp is one of four Pokemon characters at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

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:

Most of us didn’t really have any idea what was going on so I downloaded the Pokemon Go app on my phone and discovered there are at least four characters.

Rosie Harris

There a 151 different characters for gamers to 'catch' in Pokemon Go

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.

Poliwag in the Seal Cove at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium