SEA LIFE centres across the UK are joining the national effort to help support home schooling by releasing a series of educational videos and social media live streams featuring some of their amazing creatures including penguins, sharks and turtles.
The 11 centres, which include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Blackpool, Brighton and Loch Lomond, will begin publishing the videos on their social media channels this week for the duration of lockdown. These videos were filmed at different SEA LIFE centres around the world and feature themes such as conservation as well as showcasing the varied work of the teams, including an underwater shark feed and stingray ultrasound in the US and a ray feed in Thailand.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium, the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham and SEA LIFE Weymouth will also launch a series of live streams where viewers can also ask their experts questions.
London, which gained almost 750,000 viewers for its lockdown live streams last year, will feature sea turtles, penguins, jellyfish and corals each Wednesday at 2pm from this week (January 13). Whilst Birmingham will feature the UK’s only sea otters and in Weymouth Britain’s only fairy penguins will appear.
Catherine Pritchard, SEA LIFE London Aquarium General Manager, said: “We know this is a tough time for the whole country and in particular parents who are home schooling their children once again. To support them – and give a treat to anyone who loves our amazing creatures – we are releasing a series of videos on our social channels featuring some of our creatures and the great work our teams do.
“Despite our UK SEA LIFE centres currently being temporarily closed, all the hard work looking after our creatures behind the scenes goes on. We hope these videos will interest young and old alike while we wait to welcome back our guests in person once again.”
James Wright, Displays Curator at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, said: “We can’t wait to begin our live streams again and share our knowledge of the amazing creatures we have in our care.”
The UK SEA LIFE centres are currently temporarily closed to guests as part of the lockdown in response to COVID-19, although work behind the scenes caring for the more than 400 species continues.