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Pacific giant octopus
Pacific giant octopus

Giant octopus maze at the Sea Life Centre

A mind-boggling mirror maze leading to the lair of a giant octopus is the big new attraction lined up for Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre this year.

'Atlantis' at the Sea Life Centre
'Atlantis' at the Sea Life Centre

Britain’s first aquarium maze has been designed by world-leading maze creator Adrian Fisher, a six time world-record holder who has created more than 500 mazes in 27 countries worldwide.

Lost City of Atlantis

As they exit the centre’s stunning underwater tunnel leaving behind tropical sharks and huge sea turtles, visitors will find themselves in a labyrinth entitled Lost City of Atlantis.

“Using mirrors in a maze enables us to play with people’s perceptions of space and create an attraction which appears many times larger than it actually is,” he said.

How 'Atlantis' will look
How 'Atlantis' will look

Small groups of tropical fish in two displays located within the maze will appear like vast shoals surrounding the visitors on all sides.

Mirror mazes

“We have built mirror mazes in many different settings but this will be the first time we’ve created one in an aquarium, and we’re really excited about the extra dimension the constantly moving fish will bring to it,” said Adrian.

Opening at Easter, the maze will be in three sections graduating from mythical Atlantis through a coral reef maze into a section themed on the Temple of Poseidon.

World's largest octopus

The Atlantis maze
The Atlantis maze

Reward for negotiating the maze will be arrival in Poseidon’s Chamber and chance to admire the resident Pacific giant octopus, the world’s largest octopus with an intellect to match.

“These sea creatures are so intelligent marine experts often devise puzzles to help keep them stimulated,” said curator Graham Burrows.

“It will be very fitting that our visitors have to solve a puzzle themselves in order to see it.”

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