Get to know the Moray Firth's amazing underwater locals with a visit to Macduff Marine Aquarium. This fascinating attraction, on the shores of the scenic Banffshire coast, introduces visitors to hundreds of native fishy characters from the rocky beaches to the fringing kelp reef and beyond to the murky sea floor.
Exciting and interactive displays bring you face to face with fearsome wolf fish, ancient lobsters, colourful wrasse, graceful rays, gentle jellyfish and many other denizens of the deep. Look out for the shark nursery and the new native seahorses display.
Visitors can also get up close and personal with starfish, anemones and other seashore life in the touch pools. It's always fun to watch a feeding frenzy in the kelp reef exhibit when scuba divers hand feed the fish. In the summer months, there is even a chance to spy on breeding gannets via a live-camera link to the cliffs along the coast at Troup Head – the only mainland gannet colony in Scotland.
Other feeding shows, illustrated talks and presentations throughout the day, as well as fun quizzes for the kids, mean that visitors can make the most of their all-day ticket. Enthusiastic staff are always on hand to provide extra information to ensure that nobody goes home without learning something about our own marine life and having fun in the process!
If you haven't yet discovered the aquarium, it is a great day out for people of all ages, especially if you combine it with a coastal drive to really take in and appreciate the wonders of the Moray Firth. For information about opening times, admission prices, exhibits, events, feeding shows or even schools education programmes, visit the aquarium's website or find the Facebook page.