Last weekend we went along to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to have a look at their Octopus Hideout. One of the things I most like about the National Sea Life Centre is the way that they are always redeveloping areas to create new displays, so it keeps your interest on return visits.
Now they’ve had an octopus there for some years, but this is the first time there’s actually been a dedicated area focusing on octopuses. We met Beverley, the Giant Pacific Octopus, who is one the smartest sea creatures in the animal kingdom being able to solve puzzles and negotiate complex mazes. The Giant Pacific Octopus is a true master of disguise, being able to blend in with their surroundings and hide in the smallest of places, in fact it can be quite difficult to find Beverley and you sometimes need to look quite carefully.
We got the chance to learn more about the octopus – H is always keen to learn more about sea creatures and is already quite an expert. Did you know for instance that the only hard part of an octopus is its ‘beak’. If this can get through a tiny space, the rest of the entire body can!
There’s always plenty to see and do at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. Highlights for us on this visit were some very active otters and lots of penguin action.