After 9 months of waiting, two Bull Huss shark eggs hatched just ahead of Scarborough Sea Life Centre celebrating its annual Shark Week event.
At just two weeks old and measuring approximately 10cm, the newest arrivals showcase an important breeding programme to help protect this vulnerable species.
“Their timing really couldn’t have been better” said Displays Curator, Lyndsey Crawford.
“During our annual Shark Week event, we want to show our guests that sharks are magnificent creatures and actually need protection.
In the eventuality that the population of Bull Huss in the wild drops to a critical level, the breeding programme we are part of will release sharks to help keep this species prominent in the waters” she continued.
Three more baby Bull Huss eggs are due to hatch imminently.
Bull Huss can be found in the North Sea and face threats from overfishing and pollution.
Shark Week will continue at Scarborough Sea Life Centre throughout the October half term holidays.
Family activities at Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum this half-term revolve around Orpheus the Mariner, the spectacular community puppet performance from Scarborough theatre company Animated Objects which will take place in the town next February 14th and 15th. Orpheus the Mariner will feature giant puppets, live music and over 750 local performers (www.orpheusthemariner.co.uk).
From Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November, you can take part in a variety of free, fun workshops at both venues:
Lantern-making at Scarborough Art Gallery
Lanterns will be a major part of Orpheus the Mariner, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own to join the celebration.
Why not come along to one of our lantern-making sessions at the Art Gallery and make your own lantern that you can bring along to the performance.
Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon – please bring your own pop bottle!
Giant construction at Scarborough Art Gallery
Orpheus the Mariner will feature a world record attempt to make the tallest puppet ever seen. Have a go at making part of this colossal construction with artist Dawn Dyson-Threadgold, using lightweight materials and a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced makers.
Drop-in sessions each day from 1pm to 4pm.
Giant ammonite sculpting at the Rotunda Museum
Join us at the Rotunda Museum for a drop-in session on a truly giant scale with artist Lee Threadgold, working towards the construction of a larger-than-life ammonite that will feature as part of the Orpheus the Mariner community project. Using a number of different sculptural techniques and materials, this is a great opportunity to get involved with art on a large scale among the inspiring fossils on display, and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists.
Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm.