Posted by: travelrat | June 18, 2017

Anglesey Sea Zoo

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Anglesey: 2nd April 2017

It’s been nearly 40 years since we lived on Anglesey, and a lot has changed since then. Three of the attractions we visited didn’t even exist when we lived there. Of course, Beaumaris Castle did, and the Menai Bridge … if I remember correctly, we left on the day the Britannia Bridge re-opened.

On the way to our first call, at the Anglesey Sea Zoo at Brynsiencyn we passed through the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, and I was able to perform my ‘party trick’ of pronouncing it (more or less) correctly.

The Sea Zoo claims to be unique in that it only deals with creatures to be found in British waters … and, before anyone claims that the Lakes Aquarium in Cumbria could give them an argument about that, I should point out that the one in Cumbria is a largely freshwater aquarium.

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What surprised me is that native species include starfish and sea-horses, which I really associated with more tropical waters. Less of a surprise was the coral; I remembered picking up pieces of coral from a Hebridean beach, and wondering from whence it came.

Biggest of all is the Basking Shark, the largest shark there is … and completely harmless, despite the fact that its cavernous mouth looks like you could garage a Mini in it. Naturally, they don’t have the facility to keep such a large creature in captivity, but they do have a model. Fibreglass model, or actual stuffed fish? I meant to ask, but forgot!

Basking Shark

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