Live shore crabs found in lift - resident shell shocked by find

The last place you would expect to see live shore crabs is in the Midlands, 100 miles away from the nearest beach. But two of these creatures are now recuperating at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, after being found cowering in a lift by a shocked resident!

They were discovered by a concerned member of the public as she got into a lift in a tower block near her home and she brought them to the centre in a Tupperware container.

Both crabs are now being cared for by experts in the behind-the-scenes quarantine area. Over time, they will be moved out to shoreline and rock-pool displays.

James Robson, Curator at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, said:

Over the last few months, most of the UK has experienced warm weather with many people heading on UK seaside holidays and hitting the beach.
However, if you go crab fishing or come across any other sea creatures on your travels, please don’t bring them home with you – they are very sensitive creatures and need to be kept at a certain temperature with a good supply of sea water or they won’t survive. So please, check your children haven’t smuggled any with them as a pet and leave them where you found them where they can survive and thrive.

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham transports visitors to an amazing underwater world, where they get to see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

The National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham has an aquarium home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, including the UK’s only hammerhead sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, otters, jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays.   

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www.SEALIFE.co.uk/birmingham/. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance. For regular news, updates and competitions, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sealifebirmingham and Twitter https://twitter.com/sealifebham. You can also keep up-to-date with what new resident, Ginny the Gentoo, has to say by following her on twitter at https://twitter.com/ginnygentoo

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