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“Thought this was a joke”
Review of Falmouth Aquarium - CLOSED

Falmouth Aquarium
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Owner description: A Whistle-stop Visit… The aquarium is located in a four-storey town house in the heart of Falmouth teeming with colourful marine life including lionfish, clownfish, frogfish, moray eels, seahorses, garden eels, shrimp, starfish and pipefish --- The first floor -- emphasising the history on our doorstep – including a tank replicating a pier and what lives below it. This area currently displays tanks with sea bass, mullet as well as a 5ft adult sea porpoise skeleton as one of the feature exhibits, along with a large crawfish, large than you've ever seen! -- The second floor focuses on marine education and conservation issues around the world, complete with a life sized loggerhead turtle - demonstrating their grandness yet vulnerability around the world - as well as fossils, bones, artefacts and multimedia. We have two real shark jaws displayed, along with a loggerhead turtle skull. Make sure to watch the movie about unsustainable fishing around the world, and read on the walls about the history of the ocean through different prehistoric periods. ---- The third floor ---- is an open space ideal for classes, training, workshops, films and lectures. This is where you will find the Ocean Today multimedia exhibit, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute.Ocean Today enhances museumgoers' understanding of the ocean realm through an enticing multi-media experience that illustrates both the ocean's influence on them and their influence upon the ocean. This enhanced understanding is called "ocean literacy."You will also see the exhibit of 30 x-ray photographs, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, includes large mammals to small fish - portraying the beauty of fish and demonstrating why marine conservation is so important.
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Me and my partner got excited when we saw this unfortunately it was a BIG disappointment worst £10 spent for about 5 mins in there! Top floor is for kids still not much up there for them to do, the whole thing was just terrible we had to just laugh! There were hardly any fish in the tanks, the whole building just looked like a house with a few fish tanks shoved in, and didnt look to safe either lol the best bit is the downstairs floor they have a few more variety down there but nothing to rave about you would be better of going to pets at home and looking at the fish there they have more of a range lol ! Dont be fooled thinking this is a large cool aquarium its just a house with a few fish x

1  Thank Rebecca B
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FalAquarium, Manager at Falmouth Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Thank you for leaving your feedback about your visit with us.We are proud that we are one of the only charity-run aquariums in the country, which focuses on marine conservation and education, and so we are sorry that you had thought that our exhibits were a joke.

Most of our visitors have positively commented on our exhibits and their experience visiting us, after having spent more than an hour on our four floors.

I would have hoped you would enjoy our unique garden eels popping out of the sand to catch their food, the main coral display with vibrant hard and soft corals, and our Cornish marine life tanks to show you what you would see under the pier.

We are a small charitable attraction, where our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and strive to engage with our visitors on the marine life kept in our tanks through active feeding sessions with live fish, and we always ask children to join in the fun so that they can feel apart of the experience.

We are constantly improving and changing the species in our exhibits. We would be happy to give you a personal tour of the Aquarium so that you can see our 8 clown fish hiding in the anemones, learn about their symbiotic relationship, watch us feed the corals, fish and anemones (which we do live for the public everyday at 11:00am and 2:00pm) and more...

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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

After visiting your 'aquarium' today I am still in shock at how ridiculous the who thing was. We just about managed to stretch out visit out for 10 minutes. Utterly disappointed. I really feel I could of taken my daughter to a pet shop and she would of enjoyed it more. Worst £7.98 I have spent in my life. Oh and not forgetting the £1 I spent on lucky dip for my daughter in which she recieved 1 small toffee. Really don't know how you can call yourself an aquarium.

1  Thank Sarasophie
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FalAquarium, Manager at Falmouth Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

We are sorry that you were disappointed during your visit. We also would like to point out that the 'Lucky Dip' is near our 'Treasure Chest' which contains toffees, chocolates, and other sweets for children who complete our 'Fishy Quiz'. Our 'Lucky Dip' is labelled and is inside a large 'Clam' with wrapped presents inside.

With ten minutes inside, you may have missed our different on all four floors; from the mesmerising garden eels, which most of our customers have never seen before and are rarely shown in 'pet shops'. They are an exotic species that live in the sand and only pop their heads up when food drifted by them, but they are also curious creatures and you often see their heads peering at you from just above the sand. Or our various hard coral and soft coral exhibits, our main fish display tank with 20 different species in it, our eel tank with the scary looking moray eel and slender but long ribbon eel called 'Ming'.

I would have hoped you would have enjoyed our five large tanks on the Cornish coastline floor complete with pipefish, crabs, a lobster, mullet, colourful wrasse, shrimp, flat fish, a real harbour porpoise skeleton hanging from the ceiling, lobster and crab pots donated by fishermen, and educational boards on the marine life that you can see in Cornwall. There are videos of our local harbour porpoises and dolphins in Falmouth, identification charts of all of the marine animals you can see in the waters here, interactive displays on the sizes of fish in relation to humans, along with marine board games, quizzes, colouring books, and arts and crafts.

Most of our visitors leave happy and comment about how healthy and colourful the marine life displays look, after spending more than an hour visiting the different exhibits on the four floors. We are proud that we are one of the only charity-run aquariums in the country, which focuses on marine conservation and education, and our staff and volunteers are all trained marine biologists who love talking with our visitors about the marine life displayed and interesting facts about the oceans. Normally, we do live feedings at 11:00am and 2:00pm so that you can see how our fish eat and learn about their behaviour. We even let the children feed our fish with us so that they are a part of the experience and share in the fun!

We are constantly changing the species in our exhibits and improving our displays. We would be happy to give you a personal tour of the Aquarium so that you can experience our live feeding session and everything that we have to offer.

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Reasonably priced, we started at the top floor and worked our way down, we spent quite a while on the top floor as there was lots of information on the interactive display.when we got to the bottom floor we were lucky enough to be asked if we would like to feed the fish a very excited six year old was very pleased. Overall a good lace to while away an hour or so. Will be worth another visit in the future to see any more additions.

1  Thank christina19672013
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We've passed the aquarium many times and decided to pop in one Sunday. We paid our entrance fee of £3.99pp and were left to explore.

The ground floor is home to the "exotic" marine exhibits with a few specimens that you won't find in pet store. The first floor has local marine life such as crabs and mullet, a nice feature, seeing whats close by.

The second floor is information central, fine if you really want to come and learn about overfishing etc otherwise it could have been better utilized. The 3rd and final floor represents a sort of kids area with a computer game.

I was disappointed not to see "tropical" fish exhibitions as these can be beautiful and interesting as well as a good way of showing another delicate ecosystem.

Nevertheless it filled an hour and we saw some new marine life. It will be interesting to visit in the future and see any developments.

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

It was amazing! It had lots of information and fun facts dotted around so you can't help but learn as well as big sections, videos and booklets/poster things that were colorful and interesting. It also had a wide variety of fishes (and lobsters and crabs...etc) and models of sharks and turtles. As well, it had an interactive section at the top with fun games and activities plus videos. on top of all this the people their were more than friendly and even gave us a cake at the end! 5 stars from me and well worth a visit!!

2  Thank Sherloki
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