Return Mission: Octonaut Adventure Back at SEA LIFE Blackpool 24 November 2017 by Visit Blackpool A special educational event for young fans of the popular children’s TV programme Octonauts is returning to SEA LIFE Blackpool. Back by popular demand, the Octonauts all-new deep sea adventure helps children learn more about amazing glow-in-the dark marine creatures, like lantern-fish, fluorescent jellyfish as well as illuminating octopuses and squid. Only last month the Octo-Glow Explorers event proved a big hit with younger children and their families, as they joined CBeebies’ intrepid ocean explorers on their latest adventure. Now youngsters have a fresh chance to become honorary recruits of the Octonauts crew and join their special mission to see the ocean in a whole new light…by uncovering the secret world of illuminating sea creatures. Young fans of the show can see creatures close up in Shellington’s lab and take part in a range of interactive activities to discover how creatures of the deep use light to hide from predators, attract prey and even talk to each other. The newly-recruited ‘sea scientists’ will also be invited to share their findings with Octonauts Captain Barnacles and Lieutenant Kwazii during a character ‘meet and greet’. Post-mission, all the honorary Octonauts will be encouraged to find out more about other quirky critters of the seas, including Boris the Bowmouth Guitar Shark, Gary the Grouper and Christian Ray. There’s also an important message for children and families about marine life conservation, with growing threats, such as plastic and other pollution in our oceans, over-fishing and the destruction of natural habitats. SEA LIFE Blackpool is committed to the conservation and protection of marine life, as part of its ‘Breed, Rescue, Protect’ campaign and wider conservation work. Its partner charity, the SEA LIFE Trust, develops and supports projects to protect ocean wildlife and habitats across the world. Matthew Titherington, general manager at SEA LIFE Blackpool, explained the popularity of Blue Planet II has triggered a big wave of interest in the undersea world. “We’re delighted to have the Octonauts back again,” he said. “They’ve been extremely popular with younger visitors and play an invaluable role in helping to educate families about the fascinating world beneath the waves together with the importance of protecting and conserving the world’s oceans and marine life. SEA LIFE Blackpool is home to over 2,500 marine creatures, so we have a huge range of different species to discover.” ‘Octonauts: The Return Mission’ runs at SEA LIFE Blackpool until November 26th and is included free within the usual admission price. For more information and to book tickets, please visit https://www.visitsealife.com/blackpool/ or call 0871 222 6933. The SEA LIFE Trust reaches a huge audience with important messages about marine protected areas, sustainable seafood, plastic pollution and improved protection for marine life. Last year SEA LIFE raised more than £300,000 to support the Trust's projects and partner organisations around the world.