We’ve all heard of big fishes in small tanks but with the number of sea creatures outgrowing their tanks and being rehomed across the UK and Ireland it’s an ever increasing problem. SEA LIFE Manchester has seen an increase in the number of people re-homing their big fish with them and wants to help promote The Big Fish Campaign.
As part of its work with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), SEA LIFE Manchester is helping to educate and inform people about the responsibilities of fishkeeping through The Big Fish Campaign, an initiative to encourage people to make well-informed and careful decisions when purchasing pet fish for home aquariums.
From Panther Groupers to Batfish, the much loved family attraction has helped to re-home many fish from members of the public, giving them the space to thrive and develop into happy and healthy creatures and swim in a safe and accommodating environment.
A stunning white fish covered in black polka dots, Panther Groupers can grow up to a whopping 27 inches, and the quirky looking Batfish can grow up to 15 inches, far bigger than the average family tank! With these fish on show, SEA LIFE Manchester is encouraging people to visit and view the fish in their preferred environment instead of buying them to keep at home.
SEA LIFE Manchester is supporting the Big Fish Campaign as part of its Breed Rescue Protect programme, a campaign committed to conservation which aims to educate and inspire people to have the utmost care and respect for sea creatures.
Dan McLaughlan, Curator at SEA LIFE Manchester said: “It’s so important that people make well-informed and considerate decisions when buying species of fish for their home, as this is an ever-increasing problem and aquariums are struggling to re-home so many fish.
“We are pleased to see the sea creatures we have rehomed thriving in their environment and developing into healthy, happy fish but we hope that by supporting The Big Fish Campaign, we are helping to educate visitors and overcome the notion that a fish cannot outgrow its tank because some species most definitely can!”
For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www2.visitsealife.com/manchester. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.
For more information on The Big Fish Campaign, please go to http://www.bigfishcampaign.org/
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