SEA LIFE Blackpool

Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II has reportedly created a big wave of interest in the undersea world, with an increase in shark experience bookings at SEA LIFE Blackpool.

Sir David’s Blue Planet ll series, which continues on BBC1 this Sunday, is giving viewers an amazing glimpse into an underwater world teeming with alien-like creatures.

The attraction has revealed it has seen a huge impact on footfall, as well as interest in booking group experiences, since the show began last week.

Matthew Titherington, general manager at SEA LIFE Blackpool, explained: “We’ve not seen anything like it since the last series of Blue Planet. People are really keen to get close to our creatures.

“We’ve already seen a big rise in interest in our shark snorkelling and feeding sessions and we’re expecting that to increase further when Blue Planet II hits television screens again this weekend. 

“We’re calling it the ‘Attenborough Effect’, similar to Delia Smith’s legendary impact on cookery sales.” 

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The attraction offers a range of amazing shark experiences, such as snorkelling with sharks, feeding sharks or even becoming a shark keeper for the day. 

The bucket-list type experiences, which are on offer five days a week, also include the chance for groups to ‘sleep with the sharks’. 

Plus, there’s a rock pool area, where you can pick up crabs and touch starfish, getting a real Blue Planet-style, hands-on experience of these remarkable creatures.

Group tickets and packages are available, and group organisers can call 0871 222 6933.

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The popular attraction is also backing the veteran TV naturalist’s call for more to be done to conserve the world’s oceans and seas.

Scott Blacker, head aquarist at SEA LIFE Blackpool, said: “It is good that a big series like Blue Planet ll, with such a large audience, can highlight the threats to our oceans and seas and the need for action to protect our valuable marine life. It is a really important message.”

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