A giant ammonite found last year on the beach at Hunstanton is to take a starring role in an exhibition being held at the resort’s Sea Life Sanctuary.
The Ancient Oceans event gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of the seas and the evolution of the creatures of the deep.
A host of activities are on offer during half-term week, including an interactive fossil discovery station and special talks on how sea life creatures evolved.
The ammonite was handed over to Hunstanton Heritage Centre on The Green in April by Andrew and Cath Nicholson, from East Sussex – but it was first discovered on the beach late last summer.
Kieran Copeland, animal care supervisor at the centre, said: “It’s great to see everyone involved in a range of historical and educational talks and activities. Families also get the opportunity to explore our displays and get up close and personal with some of these prehistoric creatures, including the turtles and sharks.
“What is so interesting yet sad about these creatures, is that they have managed to survive volcanoes, meteors and the ice age, but it is humans that are now their greatest threat.”
Sea Life Sanctuary general manager, Nigel Croasdale said: “We are delighted to have a giant ammonite on display at reception, which was found last year near the cliffs from whence it came.
“The fossil is on loan from Hunstanton Heritage Centre and we hope this will encourage Sea Life visitors to learn more about Hunstanton and its famous cliffs by it.”
The Heritage Centre is open throughout the summer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
Admission is free but donations are welcome.
For further information on Sea Life or to pre-book tickets online go to www.sealife.co.uk/hunstanton .
Reduced prices are on offer for tickets booked in advance.