There must be something in the water! Love is all around at SEA LIFE

11 February 2015

Love is in the air as cupid aims his bow at some of SEA LIFE Blackpool’s most loveable creatures.

The adorable seahorses have been showing signs of amour by pirouetting and ‘flirting’ with each other leading up to the most romantic day of the year. 

Seahorses of the opposite sex advertise their presence to each other when ready to mate by making a sharp ‘clicking’ sound with their necks.

The SEA LIFE Blackpool team are preparing themselves as seahorses are known to produce several hundreds and sometimes over a thousand babies in a single pregnancy.  After incubating the female’s egg in a special stomach pouch for around 25 days, surprisingly it’s the dads who give birth!

SEA LIFE Blackpool has been a pioneer in the field of seahorse breeding, successfully breeding and rearing nine different species to date to help this very sensitive and endangered sea creature from facing extinction.

The Breed, Rescue and Protect programme has meant that they do not need to rely on external suppliers to find seahorses for their exhibitions.  That means that none will ever be taken from the wild on behalf of SEA LIFE.  It also means that they are able to use their own stock to resupply wild stock if they become extinct in the wild.

SEA LIFE Blackpool is a member of an international Taxon Advisory Group, which overseas important seahorse protection and conservation around the world.

The seahorses are not the only creatures to display their affection in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The spider crabs can’t keep their claws off each other and the Nurse and Black Tip Sharks are also starting to show potential breeding activity!  Love really does run deep in the shark tunnel.

Feel the love and visit SEA LIFE Blackpool.  With an abundance of  love in the air, cupid’s arrow might just be pointing at you this Valentine’s Day!


For more information or images, please contact Louise Forder at Merlin Entertainments Blackpool on [email protected]  or 01253 629239.


MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c25,000 employees. 

Among Merlin’s attractions are – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.

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