Sea Life Manchester has today announced that its much anticipated new feature, Lair of the Giant Crab, will open to the public on 6 April, just in time for little nippers to enjoy family time over the Easter holidays.

The incredible new feature will see the city welcome its crabbiest residents since Liam and Noel, following a £400k investment by Merlin Entertainments into its North West attractions.

Two Giant Japanese Spider Crabs, measuring a breath-taking 3 metres from claw-to-claw, will be moving into their purpose-built ‘forever home’ at Barton Square next week. With work on the specially designed new tank now complete, aqua-landscapers have clocked up over 1000 hours making sure the bespoke environment is perfect before welcoming its new inhabitants. Housing a colossal 90,000 litres of water, the tank will also be home to over 100 Snipefish and 2 smaller Giant Japanese Spider Crabs.

The crabs will join a host of unearthly creatures in an all-new deep-sea experience, including a Giant Pacific Octopus, nicknamed the ‘Einstein of the Ocean’ – owing to its seemingly supernatural brain powers, and for the first time ever, visitors will be able to crawl amongst the fluorescent world of 100 floating moon jellyfish in a brand new 360 degree doughnut tank.

Speaking on the new feature, Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: “Manchester Sea Life Centre has been inspiring and educating families for many years, and our brand new experience, Lair of the Giant Crab, promises to do just that.

“Our expert team have given these amazing creatures the highest level of care prior to their move, and we’re incredibly excited that the specially designed tank here in Manchester will be their forever home. This really will be a special experience.”

‘Lair of the Giant Crab’ is included in the normal admissions price. Pre-booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

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Tickets start from £11.50



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