MEET some of the animal kingdom’s most dangerous creatures who will soon be arriving at the Blue Planet Aquarium.
As part of the Ellesmere Port aquarium’s deadly new attraction, Venom, everything from black widow spiders and venomous lionfish to stinging jellyfish and vipers will be on show in a series of innovative new displays.
One of which includes ‘Tarantula Tower’ where visitors will be able to step inside a perspex tower surrounded by more than 50 giant spiders.
The new feature contains so many potentially deadly creatures that staff have had to undergo emergency first aid training and bring in life-saving anti-venom kits.
Blue Planet’s Paul Renolds said: “Venom will contain one of the highest concentrations of venoms, toxins and poisons anywhere in the UK.
“Every member of our zoological team that will come into contact with the animals has undergone specialist training and will wear protective clothing to ensure their safety.”
A number of the new arrivals are deemed so dangerous that the Blue Planet will have to notify officials at each local authority through which they will be transported en route to the aquarium.
Venom will be divided into three sections featuring marine creatures, spiders and insects, and reptiles.
Other displays will be home to stonefish, considered to be one of the marine world’s most lethal fish, venomous vipers including the eyelash viper and white-lipped tree viper, scorpions, giant tarantulas, golden web spinning spiders, and assassin bugs.