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Seahorse World opened in 2000 on what was then a disused wharf at Beauty Point, which is about a 45 minute drive down the Tamar Valley from Launceston. It all began with research into the conservation and breeding in captivity of seahorses, which was done very successfully. Now as well as farming seahorses and other fish for international markets and Australian wholesalers and aquariums, it has become a place of interest, intrigue and education for the general public.
Although you can't just wander through Seahorse World on your own, you are guided on a tour that takes about 45 minutes. There is the 'Cave of the Seahorse' where you can view at least seven of the 38 recognised species of Seahorse. 'Neptune's nursery' houses the young brood. One aquarium room houses sealife native to Tasmania such Tasmanian giant crabs, and large crayfish and cuttlefish. You also see Port Jackson sharks, spider crabs, stingrays, seadragons and who knows what other surprises! Children will love the hands-on touch pool where you can hold hermit crabs and sea urchins. The guides are informative and know their subject very well teaching you about the mysterious life of a seahorse, from the eggs being cared for and hatched by the male all the way up to adulthood. You are guaranteed to learn something new. Some tours involve some feeding of the fish. In the main farm area the thousands of seahorses hold onto a plastic mesh which is more practical for farming purposes than pretty tank decorations - it might look plain but the seahorses are happy breeding at a rate of more than 20 000 a year!
Photos of most tanks can be taken but don't use the flash.
The gift shop is well set up with plenty of fish related souvenirs, as well as some fine local arts and crafts. There is also the coffee shop for a spot to sit down and relax.
Non-slip flat shoes are advised as footwear.
Good access for people with mobility issues.