Jellyfish swarm to invade Sea Life Sanctuary

Sea Life
Sea Life

Jellyfish species from around the world are to be displayed in a new £150,000 exhibit in Scarborough.

The Jellyfish Discovery attraction at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, at Scalby Mills, will see an arrangement of column tanks exhibit up to six species from February.

Visitors will be given an insight into the lifestyles and biology of the creatures through the display.

Curator Lyndsey Crawford said: “Jellyfish are not only one of the strangest and most primitive species in our seas, they are also perhaps the most adaptable.

“As other species decline through overfishing, global warming and other problems, jellyfish are the species best equipped to fill the gap.”

The attraction comes as concern grows that jellyfish are taking over the oceans.

Able to tolerate a wider range of temperatures, salinity and acidity levels than most species, jellyfish numbers are already on the rise.

The changing chemistry of the Mediterranean has been cited as the cause of massive jellyfish blooms there in recent years.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary features over 50 indoor and outdoor displays exhibiting wildlife including seals, otters and penguins.

Its Seal Hospital took in seals displaced by flooding in Norfolk in December and has returned a number of injured pups back into the wild.