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This weekend see’s the Big Beach Clean Up in Hastings.  The Blue Reef Aquarium have organised the event for Saturday at 10am on the beach behind the Aquarium and they are hoping for lots of volunteers to join in and offer their support.

Hastings Borough Council have provided the Blue Reef with some litter picking tools and volunteers will be issued with bin bags, gloves and a reporting form to record what they find.

If you want to make Hastings beach a cleaner place ready for the summer then you need to contact the Blue Reef to confirm.  Once registered everyone will be meeting at the aquarium cafe at 9.45 am on Saturday 23rd May.

Posted by: In: Tourism 03 Jul 2013 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is awash with dozens of Moon jellyfish and has created a new exhibit for visitors and tourists toBlue-Reef-Hastings-Moon-Jellyfish see these mysterious creatures in an all their glory.

The horde of moon jellyfish, the collective term is a ‘smack’, were caught locally just offshore from Eastbourne. Moon jellyfish get their name from the four purplish ‘half moons’ on top of their transparent ‘bell’. This bell can reach up to 40cms across and has stinging tentacles and four frilly mouth tentacles hanging below.

Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “We’ve now got more than 50 jellyfish on display at the moment and there are many more developing behind the scenes.

“They’re truly fascinating creatures: extremely effective predators and capable of travelling great distances, despite the fact they have no brains, no bones and are made up of 95 per cent water!” he added.

Although deadly to their prey, the moon jellies’ tentacles are only slightly venomous to humans, usually causing mild pain and a burning sensation. Some fish fry, including haddock and horse mackerel, have developed immunity to the stinging cells and shelter among the tentacles, safe from predators.

Visitors can see the jellyfish in specially-constructed displays which mimic life in the open ocean and even have their own internal currents.

“The vast majority of jellyfish species aren’t harmful to humans and those that are don’t do it on purpose; they use their stinging tentacles to catch prey,” explained Chris.

“As well as being incredible creatures in their own right, jellyfish also play a key role in the ecology of the critically-endangered leatherback sea turtle.

“The more we can find out about them the better we will be able to help protect the turtles,” he added.

There are over 200 known species of jellyfish. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. The largest is called the lions’ mane which has tentacles that grow over 100 feet.

A new film starring rock legends Status Quo, which was filmed at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is due to have its world premier next month.

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Status Quo’s Francis Rossi and Nick Parfitt at Hastings Blue Reef aquarium

Front men Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt visited the aquarium last year to film underwater shots for the new film called ‘Bula Quo’. The comedy film, which also stars former EastEnders actor Craig Fairbrass, features 12 of the bands most popular songs and was also partly filmed in Fiji.

This week the band released their 100th single ‘Bula Bula Quo’ as well as an album to accompany the forthcoming film.

Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “It was amazing to have two music legends on site here at the aquarium and it certainly caused quite a stir among staff and visitors.

“They were on site to film some close-up underwater shots of the band for the new film and were working with local diver and underwater cameraman Patrick Shier, who is a regular visitor to the aquarium.

“We haven’t had a chance to see the finished film yet but it will be great to actually see what makes it in to the final cut and to see if we can spot the shots taken here in the actual film,” he added.

The film has been directed by award-winning Stuart St. Paul, who has worked on projects ranging from Duran Duran’s seminal ‘Wild Boys’ video, to massive franchises like ‘Aliens’, ‘Batman’ and three ‘Bond’ movies.  He first met the band when asked by ITV to look after their visit on Coronation Street and wrote the film script specifically with the band in mind.

Status Quo are one of the longest lived rock bands in the world having been performing together since 1967 and famous for a string of hits including Rockin’ All Over the World’, ‘Whatever You Want’ and ‘In the Army Now’. They have recorded more than 60 chart hits in the UK, with 22 reaching the Top 10.

Rossi and Parfitt were awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours 2010 for their services to music. Their long-standing work for charities includes The Prince’s Trust, British Heart Foundation and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

The film, also stars actress Laura Aikman, who previously starred in Keith Lemon: The Movie.