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Amazing Axolotls arrive and breed at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham
The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is already home to some weird and wonderful sea creatures, so the underwater attraction is confident that its newest addition, a group of critically endangered Axolotls, will fit right in.
James Robson, Curator at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham comments: “I’m a personal fan of amphibians so I’m really excited that we now have a group of Axolotls here at the centre. They’ve settled in incredibly well and even luckier for us, have already spawned so we will be welcoming some juveniles in the very near future!
“These amazing creatures are rated as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List and are feared to be extinct in the wild, so we’re over the moon that our Breed, Rescue, Protect Programme has provided the safe environment needed to preserve this magical species.
“They may not be magical like JK Rowling’s Blast-Ended Skrewts, Flobberworms or Grindylows but they do have the incredible ability to regenerate lost body parts. Some people refer to Axolotls as the ‘walking fish’ because of its lizard-like appearance and legs, but is actually a salamander that lives underwater. However, they have also been known to leave the water and walk on dry land!
“They are such amazing creatures but very little is known about them and we cannot wait for our visitors to see the cool characteristics of our axolotl families for themselves.”
The Axolotls have joined familiar favourites like Molokai, the Giant Green Sea Turtle, and the Gentoo penguin colony, who never fail to delight visitors. There’s also a shiver of different shark species, including Black Tip Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www.SEALIFE.co.uk/birmingham/. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.
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