Staff snack on scorpions to support otters

As part of Otterly Mad Week, running from 18th-22nd July, Sealife staff members will be forced to eat various creepy crawlies including Giant Grasshoppers, Ants and Scorpions.'General manager Mike Salt prepares to munch!'Picture by Neil Silk   112929a'20/07/11
As part of Otterly Mad Week, running from 18th-22nd July, Sealife staff members will be forced to eat various creepy crawlies including Giant Grasshoppers, Ants and Scorpions.'General manager Mike Salt prepares to munch!'Picture by Neil Silk 112929a'20/07/11

FORGET Bushtucker trials - staff at Scarborough Sea Life Centre got up close and personal with creepy crawlies as part of a fundraising bid.

Staff at the North Bay attraction spent the week eating bugs to raise money for otter conservation.

As part of Otterly Mad Week, running from 18th-22nd July, Sealife staff members will be forced to eat various creepy crawlies including Giant Grasshoppers, Ants and Scorpions.'Mmmmmmm! Lunch is served!!!!'Picture by Neil Silk   112929e'20/07/11

As part of Otterly Mad Week, running from 18th-22nd July, Sealife staff members will be forced to eat various creepy crawlies including Giant Grasshoppers, Ants and Scorpions.'Mmmmmmm! Lunch is served!!!!'Picture by Neil Silk 112929e'20/07/11

As part of Otterly Mad Week, which ends today, staff members have been forced to eat insects including Giant Grasshoppers, Ants and Scorpions.

Staff have been auctioned off daily to visitors who were invited to chose an unlucky staff member to eat the bugs.

The Sea Life Centre has also put on face painting and otter masks for children to colour in throughout the week, while resident otters Pumpkin and Eric took part in extra daily talks and feeds.

All money raised will be used to implement fish passes along local waterways which otters will be able to use.

The passes should keep the otters off the roads helping to reduce casualties.