Aquarium visitors boost seahorse charity

Published date: 22 November 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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VISITORS to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks have helped to raise more than £400 for The Seahorse Trust, a UK conservation charity.

The money was raised by voluntary donations from the public who had their faces painted while visiting the aquarium.

A cheque for £405.50 was handed over to the charity, which is based in Devon and supports seahorse conservation both in the UK and worldwide.

Blue Planet Aquarium’s Andrea Swatman said: “UK waters are actually home to two different species of seahorse; the spiny seahorse and the short-snouted seahorse.

“Both species are found from the Shetland Isles down the entire west coast of the UK as well as along the south coast and North Sea. However they are under increasing threat,” she added.

The Seahorse Trust was set up in 1999 as an umbrella organisation to preserve and conserve the natural world, especially the marine environment, using seahorses as their flagship species.

It works in partnership with many organisations and people from all over the world.

The aquarium chooses a different recipient charity every month and other organisations that have benefited include the Christie Charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Claire House Children’s Hospice and the Marine Conservation Society.

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