Seahorse World has introduced a new touch pool into its Southern Ocean Aquarium where adults and kids alike can enjoy the rare chance to touch some interesting sea creatures including a seahorse, hermit crabs, sea stars and urchins.

Seahorses have a tough bony-plated skin that enables them to be held briefly without hurting them and it becomes a highlight of the experience for many people.

For the braver individuals, holding a large marine hermit crab is a fun way to impress your friends but expect a nip if you put your fingers in the wrong place!

This is a great way to help the kids marvel at some of the creatures of our seas and to value and help protect them for their intrinsic worth and enjoyment of future generations.