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Harry Potter and the creepy crawlies; Confront your creature fears at aquarium.

Byline: ROB PATTINSON ECHO Reporter @rpattinson83

VISITORS to the Blue Planet Aquarium will be left spellbound at its latest attraction - scorpions from the Harry Potter film series.

The bizarre-looking creepy crawlies will be helping visitors face their fears at the Ellesmere Port attraction later this month.

The collection of tailless whip scorpions will feature in a series of events at the site in Cheshire Oaks during the half term holidays.

Visitors may recognise the exotic arachnids from a scene in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, when Mad-Eye Moody used the creature to demonstrate one of the unforgivable curses.

Another species on display during the week of events, that runs from February 14-22 will be giant vinegaroons.

Originally from the US and parts of Mexico, they get their name from their ability to emit a vinegarlike acid which they use to scare away predators.

Although both species resemble scorpions, they are actually also related to spiders.

Blue Planet Aquarium's Tom Halton, who helped Halton, who helped Tassemble the cast of critters, said: "A few of the species really do resemble something from your nightmares but are actually harmless towards humans.

"The whip scorpions really are fascinating as they are neither scorpions nor spiders but somewhere in between the two. As well as the tailless whip scorpions and giant vinegaroons, people will be able to hold things like flat rock scorpions, giant African train millipedes, Chile rose tarantula, pink toe tarantula, royal pythons, frogs and cock-cock roaches.

"We are also hoping to have a giant centipede on display, but visitors won't be able to handle them as they are potentially harmful."

The Face Your Fears event is taking place at the Blue Planet Aquarium from Saturday February 14 to Sunday, February 22.

For more information visit or call 0151 357 8804.


A tailless whip scorpion, A tailless whip scorpion, | |top, and a giant vinegaroon

Mad-Eye Moody with one of the tailless whip scorpions | |in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. The creature is helping visitors 'face their fears' at Blue Planet Aquarium

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2015
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