Visitors of all ages are being invited to take part in a fishy census at Bristol Aquarium, as part of the venue’s annual stock-take.

Throughout this weekend – 14-15 January – staff at the aquarium are inviting visitors to volunteer to help spot and record the number of certain species including sharks, rays and seahorses. The experts at the aquarium will then carry out an official check and the child who most accurately reports the number of animals calling Bristol Aquarium their home will win a free Family Pass to the aquarium.

Bristol Aquarium’s Hannah Worrall explained, “January has traditionally always been the time of year when we do an official check on all our stock numbers. We thought it would be a great fun to involve the visitors in the count as well and turn it into an interactive activity that everyone can take part in.

“Obviously some creatures will be easier to count than others; the sharks are usually fairly straightforward, although there are a number of species that swim extremely fast and others that hide under the sand. Seahorses can be a little tricky because there are so many and hermit crabs are always something of a guesstimate as it’s difficult to tell which shells are inhabited and which are currently vacant!”