Octopus is ‘Feeling’ Festive

So, the Sealife centre have an Octopus with an advent calendar. Door number one, some tasty Mackerel. A darn sight better than the rancid lump of cake topping chocolate that came out of mine…

Don't open them all today, Miranda!

Don’t open them all today, Miranda!

Sea Life and Lego Discovery centre have given Octopus Miranda an advent calendar in the run up to Crimbo this year.

Joe Lavery Senior Aquarist at SEA LIFE Manchester comments: “We thought an advent calendar would be a brilliant way of entertaining Miranda and also introducing some seasonal spirit into the Centre”.

“We brought in model builders from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre as we wanted it to be something truly special. The result is a colourful 25-drawer LEGO box made from green, blue, orange, yellow and purple LEGO bricks containing a fishy treat or toy for every day throughout December”.

“Each numbered drawer is sealed except for the relevant one and it’s Miranda’s task to find the right one!”

“Today (1st December) was the first day we gave the calendar to Miranda and as you can see she was desperate to get into the drawers! But after a few attempts she cracked it and was rewarded with a delicious treat. Miranda loves to eat fish, especially mackerel and crustaceans like crab which she enjoys picking out of its shell.”

Visitors who wish to see Miranda take on her advent calendar challenge should visit on any Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 1 and 24 December at 2pm.

Yummy mackerel

Yummy mackerel

Miranda is a Common Octopus, typically found in tropical waters throughout the world, such as the Mediterranean Sea and East Atlantic. Miranda has three hearts, can change colour to escape being eaten by predators and is protected by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in the UK due to high intelligence.

SEA LIFE Manchester is the city’s only aquarium and the newest in the UK. Featuring over 5,000 creatures in over 30 interactive displays, the centre provides an invaluable insight in to the underwater world.

Pretty weird if you ask me, but a bit of fun and definitely worth a look:



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