Behind the scenes - update

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Here at Sea Life we care deeply about our oceans, the creatures that live above and beneath the surface and those we are lucky enough to have in our care. We are experts in husbandry and will only keep creatures that we know will thrive in the displays we create for them.

We are campaigners and activists, doing all we can to preserve the precious life that dwells in our oceans. As well as the practical breeding, homing, rescue and rehabilitation of ocean dwelling creatures we also petition governments, host conferences and help raise awareness of all kinds of important marine issues.

An important part of our work is our research. Here at SEA LIFE Brighton we have multiple research projects currently underway. An overview of what we're researching, the questions we're asking, the results we're finding and the interesting things we're discovering will all be updated on this page.

For any further information about our research, you can find out more on our Behind The Scenes Tour! You will even get the chance to visit our research room and see some of our work in action!


Octopus moods

Can you tell if an Octopus is happy? Sad? Stressed?

This is something we are researching here at Brighton SEA LIFE Centre and will collate our findings together in a guide about Octopuses.

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Shark training

Here at Brighton SEA LIFE Centre we have undertaken the training of the sharks in our Ocean tank. A year ago, the food was thrown to the sharks. Now, our Blacktip Reef Sharks and Sand bar Sharks come to their own species sign at feed time and we feed them all individually using long metal grabbers.

We have trained our sharks for two main reasons. Firstly so we know exactly how each of our sharks is doing; how much they are eating; we can inspect them closely when they come to the sign; and give them medication if they need it. The second reason is scientific knowledge. The first part of our training we looked at what cue the sharks took to mean it was feed time. Was it time? Where we fed from? The air being turned off? We are currently processing the data collected on this.

Next we hope to look at how well the sharks have learnt their signs. For example, the Blacktips sign is currently green triangles on white, what will happen if we use swap the colours? Is it the shapes they recognise, or the colour pattern?

It all helps bust the myth that sharks are mindless eating machines. It shows an ability to learn, and therefore intelligence.

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Cuttlefish camouflage

We are currently researching how the Cuttlefish move and how they change camouflage as they move.

More information coming soon...

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Ray feeding

How can we improve the feeding of the rays in our tanks?

There are lots of different fish in the ray tank and we want to make sure the rays all get fed well.

Our current finding is that by scattering the food in different areas for the Bass and Bream fish in the tank, we are able to feed the different Rays better.

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