Protecting the world’s rivers is a vital part of protecting planet Earth. By understanding these habitats and the creatures living in them we can change our behaviours to ensure their survival. Living Rivers showcases some of the greatest river systems of the world including the Rio Grande, the Amazon and the Mekong.
It’s estimated that 80% of all pollution in our oceans comes from land-based activities via rivers and land run-off, so in Deep Blue One we feature some of the world’s greatest river systems and their surrounding habitats to show the intricacies of life for inhabitants and how closely they affect one another.
You can learn more about the ecosystem of each river and the particular threats it faces, including mining, deforestation, and overfishing. The exhibition complements our marine displays and is a vital part of our story line. Living Rivers was designed and built by our in-house team as part of our 10th anniversary year series of developments.
The exhibit is brought to life by carefully chosen exotic species including Red-bellied piranha, a colony of Leaf cutter ants and an Amazon tree boa.
You can also take advantage of our newly refurbished soft play area down in Deep Blue One.
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Red-bellied piranha - AMAZON
These fish are said to be one of the most ferocious freshwater in the world!
Their short jaws are lined with razor sharp teeth, well able to take a bite out of much larger fish.
Axolotl - RIO GRANDE
This strange looking creature is not a fish but an amphibian, descending from what were once terrestrial salamanders – effectively evolution in reverse! Although completely aquatic, they have lungs, however they breathe primarily through their prominent feather-like gills.
Milk frogs – AMAZON
The Milk frog is a large species of frog which can grow up to 10.2cm. As they age, their skin develops a slightly bumpy texture. The "milk" in the common name comes from the milky fluid these frogs excrete when stressed.
Amazon Tree Boa
Amazon Boas are nocturnal hunters. This highly aggressive constrictor strikes it prey using its long sharp teeth, coiling around it and squeezing with its muscular body before swallowing it whole.
Figure of eight pufferfish
These fish get their name from the figure of eight pattern on their back, which is camouflage avoid birds and other predators.
Garter snake (Lake Zacapu)
These snakes can grow up to 5ft in length, with females growing larger than males. They have a lifespan of around 20 years.