Blackpool on the West coast of the UK can be a lovely sea side resort when the weather is mild, but with raging winds straight off the sea and pouring rain it’s pretty brutal. So we went for an indoor attraction The Sea Life Centre home to over 2000 sea creatures and four new oddities today.
The attraction always has a queue to enter, and once we paid our tickets there was another queue to get near the fish tanks - this time so each family or group could have their photo taken and then you get a ticket to buy your souvenir at the end - quite annoying the amount of waiting time it added and you had no option to skip it if you did not want a photo - which I imagine was 99% of visitors.
They also have an overpriced gift shop you have to walk through to leave, no opportunity missed to fleece the tourists. I wouldn’t mind but at £16.50 per person it’s not cheap to get in - and you could go to the pet’s at home pet shop and look at their fish in tanks for free! Even take some fish home if you fancied - although I prefer my fish in batter with chips when it take them home.
Anyway enough of my whining, there were a vast array of fish to see up close.
And some really big walk round tanks you can really feel like you are in the water with the fish.
The lighting was not great for photography and of course glass reflects so not many of my photos came out.
I got a couple of half decent ones though, if you want a good look go and buy your own ticket!
These flat fish did a great job of blending in with the sandy bed.
This tank was open at the top, and you were invited to tickle the cute little fishes.
Hero in a half shell.
This is not a fish, ok they swim but that’s a tenuous link - you might as well have a hairy bloke in a pair of Speedo’s too!
They do have a glass tunnel section you walk through with the fish all around you, that’s really cool although none of my photos came out well. There were big sharks swimming over head and this giant turtle.
These were colourful little fishes though.
This guy looks like he needs inflating
The deep sea diver with an enigmatic smile.
Of course there is an underwater jeep! Anyway that was the best of the bunch from Sea Life Centre Blackpool. Today I’m going to the deep fried fish shop for a tasty lunch lol.
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