Sea Stars – The Unsung Stars of the Ocean Arrive in Brighton
Visitors to Sea Life Brighton this half term are in for a treat as the aquarium unveils its
dazzling new creature installation Sea Stars, which will open to the public on 10 February.
Featuring more than 170 sensational sea dwellers from across the world, Sea Stars is the
UK’s largest celebration of the ocean’s most visually captivating, and most important
creatures, the humble ‘star fish’.
Although the image of ‘star fish’ is used frequently – even featuring in the Sea Life
Brighton logo – visitors should not be fooled. These creatures come in a range of different
shapes, sizes and colours, and far from the traditional five‐armed sea star that is easily
recognisable, some can have up to 200 arms!
The breath‐taking Feather Star is one such species. With its brightly coloured appearance
and its many feather‐like arms, this creature is one of the must‐see stars of the new
It will be joined by eye‐catching Mediterranean Red Sea Stars, most commonly spotted in
shallow waters around Cyprus and Malta; the Sun Star, which encompasses the colours of a
stunning sunset; and the exotic Blue Star, all the way from the Indo‐Pacific Ocean.
As well as a host of enchanting creatures, visitors to Sea Stars will have the opportunity to
learn about the vital role that ‘star fish’ play in the ocean’s eco‐systems and why they are
often referred to as ‘keystone species’ in their habitats.
Plus, eagle‐eyed visitors will find out why ‘star fish’ shouldn’t really be called ‘star fish’
Max Leviston, General Manager of Sea Life Brighton comments: “We are thrilled to be
welcoming Sea Stars to Sea Life Brighton. ‘Star fish’, or echinoderms as they should
technically be called, are simply stunning creatures. This installation is a chance to put
their beauty front and centre – and to celebrate all of the wonderful eco‐systems that Sea
Stars make possible.
“I look forward to seeing our visitors entranced by the bright colours and unique quirks of
the creatures in Sea Stars – I still find watching their movement fascinating!”
With creatures aplenty and a range of interactive and sensory‐led activities, Sea Stars will
provide education as well as fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages this February
half term and beyond.
The installation will take the place of Claws, which has been a family favourite since its
opening in April 2017. Visitors hoping to take one last dive into the crustacean‐centric
installation should visit before 16 January.
Sea Life Brighton is open from 10am every day apart from 24 and 25 December. Visitors
can save up to 40% by booking in advance online. For more information or to purchase
tickets, please visit www.visitsealife.com/brighton or call 01273 604234.
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For more information please contact:
Flo Powell, Jessica Beales or Susie Riza
Tel: 01273 666 200
Notes to Editors
The world’s oldest operating aquarium, open to visitors for more than 140 years, SEA LIFE
Brighton is home to more than 3,500 creatures including sharks, turtles, seahorses, rays
and an anaconda.
Highlights include feeding demonstrations throughout the day, an interactive rock pool
and the fantastic 360‐degree Ocean Tunnel.
SEA LIFE Brighton also offers visitors the opportunity to experience the marine world from
the unique perspective of a glass‐bottomed boat – the first aquarium in the UK to do so.
A popular attraction with visitors of all ages, SEA LIFE Brighton was named ‘The Best Place
to Visit’ at the 2016 Brighton and Hove Business Awards, testament to its enduring charm
SEA LIFE Brighton is part of the Merlin Entertainments group.
The aquarium is open every day apart from Christmas Day, from 10am. Check current
closing times on the website.
Visit www.visitsealife.com/brighton for more information.
Merlin Entertainments plc
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 www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.