Tynemouth Aquarium was incredibly enjoyable and informative. Up above, next to or down below they have information on what absolutely beautiful fish you are looking at. I and my parents also visited the river monsters show. I watched as sting rays swam up and down the bottom of the aquarium floor. Awed at the ginormous fish that swim past me. The colourings of all the fish where tranquil to watch and the feeding frenzy that soon followed a feed was exciting. Yellow pike fish and clown fish seemed to be my favourite colourings of fish. Easy to spot along with the ray river monsters. Even a blind person like me could find Tynemouth Aquarium to be a fun and interesting place to be. In addition, some of the exhibitions where interactive. For example, guess the smell and you better hope that you don’t like the smell of monkey poo from the amazon rainforest!
Then you can gain more awe and wonder by walking throughout the tunnel into the gift shop if you dare. For sharks are swimming over your head. I now have a cute and cuddly sting ray on my bed but I can assure you it is nothing like the real thing. If you want to know why I wouldn’t cuddle a real one visit the aquarium yourselves to find out.
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Accessibility at Tynemouth Aquarium
The aquarium is incredibly wheelchair friendly. Most of the display tanks can be looked down upon from waist height making it a perfect level for those in a wheelchair. The aquariums themselves are big enough that children can see into them. In certain ways it helps if you are shorter. Due to the lighting it is easier to see into a tank from the side. However. it Is not impossible from above. Furthermore, there is in one tank a floating magnifier which is great for seeing the detail on the fish you do spot. A fabulously useful thing for the visually impaired. However, for those with light sensitive eyes the changes in lighting does require a lot of time to get used to. Sadly, I could not see the Axolotl but I enjoyed listening to the information. Guide dogs are welcome however, like mine they may get jealous of the attention given to the seals.