SeaQuarium is Troubled by Terrible Twos!
By Seaquarium Ltd | Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:35
The 'Hands On' staff at SeaQuarium Weston have had their job roles made that little bit more interesting by captive bred juvenile thornback rays as they have taken on the role of foster mothers.
SeaQuarium - troubled by the 'terrible twos'
The juveniles arrived last month and were placed in their specially made ray nursery to be looked after intensively whilst they settle into their new home. Very quickly the juvenile rays have become experts in making as much mess as possible during feeding time, just like human toddlers. With staff monitoring feeding schedules and cleaning up after the messy eaters it's proving to be a bit of a headache for the 'Hands On' staff that are spending hours with the juveniles.
The rays also enjoy making our foster mothers worry about them when they decide to play hide and seek, as they naturally camouflage so well to the bottom of the nursery pen and bury themselves in the gravel. So the staff have decided to teach the rays how to feed from a stick just like the adults rays do in the hope that they will make less mess in the future.
'Hands On' staff member Hayley Spearing said: 'It has been fun, but exhausting, work keeping up with these toddler rays - they make more mess than my Scouting group!'
Our 'Hands On' staff are taking a well deserved rest for mother's day weekend, (Saturday 9th March and Sunday 10th March), when they will be making Mother's Day cards during creative play sessions. Children visiting the SeaQuarium Weston-super-Mare during Mother's Day weekend will be able to make their own fish card to take home for someone special.
SeaQuarium have dropped their prices for 2013 to £7.99 per adult, £5.99 per child and tickets are valid all day. The Ray Nursery at Weston-super-Mare SeaQuarium is open daily and included in the admission price. The baby rays can be seen throughout Mothers Day weekend.